John Frederick Herring

The Hunting Stud


Not on display

John Frederick Herring 1795–1865
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 454 × 708 mm
frame: 552 × 800 × 91 mm
Bequeathed by Mrs F. Ambrose Clark through the British Sporting Art Trust 1982

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In the latter part of his career, Herring painted a number of rural subjects of stables and farmyards. This is one of four views which were engraved in aquatint and published in 1846 as 'Stable Scenes'.
Herring was a self-taught artist who worked initially as a coachman in York and Doncaster. He became a successful painter of race-horses: between 1815 and 1849 he portrayed many of the winners of the St Leger, the Derby and the Oaks, and achieved widespread popularity through the engravings published after them. However, his most original and sensitive pictures are perhaps scenes such as this, rather than the more stereotyped equestrian portraits.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry


Oil on canvas 17 7/8 × 27 7/8 (455 × 708)
Inscribed ‘J.F. Herring. Senr. 1845’ b.r.
Bequeathed by Mrs F. Ambrose Clark from the collection of the late F. Ambrose Clark through the British Sporting Art Trust 1982
Prov: ...; N.C. Bechman, sold Christie's 19 December 1919 (133) bt Fores; ...; F. Ambrose Clark by 1941; his widow Mrs F. Ambrose Clark
Exh: Outdoor England, Century Club, New York, February–April 1941; Tate Gallery, August–September 1982, and York City Art Gallery, March–September 1984, with other paintings from Mrs F. Ambrose Clark's Bequest (no catalogue)
Engr: Aquatint, ? by J. Harris, pub. Messrs Fores, London 10 February 1846 and Goupil & Vibert, Paris
Lit: [E.J. Rousuck], The F. Ambrose Clark Collection of Sporting Paintings, privately printed, New York 1958, p.170, repr. p.171

This is one of a set of four paintings which were engraved and published as ‘Stable Scenes’. The other three subjects are ‘The Mail Change’, ‘The Team’ and ‘Thoroughbreds’. Herring's painting of ‘The Team’ was sold at Christie's 26 April 1985 (19, repr.).

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986


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