John Frederick Herring
Birmingham with Patrick Conolly Up, and his Owner, John Beardsworth 1830

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Birmingham with Patrick Conolly Up, and his Owner, John Beardsworth
Date 1830
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 559 x 762 mm
frame: 655 x 856 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Paul Mellon through the British Sporting Art Trust 1979
Reference
T02361
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1810

Display caption

Herring was one of the most successful of animal painters working in the early 19th century. Traditionally a lowly genre, animal painting became more artistically ambitious in this period, and was exposed to a much larger public through exhibitions and the publication of reproductive prints. This painting commemorates the horse Birmingham’s win at the 1830 St. Leger at Doncaster. The fork of lightning in the background on the left is not artist’s licence, but a record of the fact that a violent thunderstorm raged during the race.

February 2016

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