T02018 FARMYARD SCENE
Inscribed “J F Herring” b.c.
Oil on canvas. 22 1/2×33 (57.2×83.8)
Bequeathed by Gilbert Charles Dandy 1975
Coll: Miss F.C. Griffiths, by 1916; Thomas Fletcher Adams, by descent to Gilbert Charles Dandy.
Farmyard scenes featuring draught-horses amid a litter of straw, with a supporting cast of pigs, poultry, ducks or pigeons, were the preferred subjects of John Frederick Herring senior (1795–1865) in later life, particularly after his retirement to the Kentish countryside in the early 1840s. Herring had made his name chiefly as a painter of classic racehorses, but by 1848 reported ‘I am now, I am happy to say, completely out of the pale of this sort of thing, and am happy to say that my pictures are no sooner seen than purchased’ (letter to Rev. Charles Spencer-Stanhope, printed in A. M. W. Stirling, A Painter of Dreams, 1916, p.275)…