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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