John Ferneley I John Burgess of Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, on a Favourite Horse, with his Harriers 1838

Artwork details

Artist
John Ferneley I 1782–1860
Title
John Burgess of Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, on a Favourite Horse, with his Harriers
Date 1838
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 959 x 1397 mm
frame: 1198 x 1630 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs F. Ambrose Clark through the British Sporting Art Trust 1982
Reference
T03423
Not on display

Display caption

This characteristic sporting portrait was commissioned by a committee of fellow-sportsmen for presentation to John Burgess (?1791-1842), a gentleman farmer of Clipston-on-the-Wolds, just outside Nottingham, which lay on the fringe of the Quorn country. Although Burgess hunted with the Quorn hounds, he is shown here with his own pack of harriers, dogs which were specially bred for hunting the hare.
Ferneley was born in Leicestershire, the centre of fashionable hunting country, and was himself a keen rider to hounds. Based in Melton Mowbray from 1814 until his death, Ferneley's work was much in demand from the wealthy sportsmen of the region.

August 2004

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