Stock Code: 1950 - SOLD
Description: "The Farmyard" is a detailed observation of a Victorian farmyard life by one of the most eminent 19th century animal painters - John Frederick Herring.
Further Information: Born in Doncaster in 1815, Fred, as he was known within his family, was the eldest of J.F.Herring senior's three sons. Both in style and subject matter Fred was greatly influenced by his father. This is seen particularly in his agricultural and farmyard scenes and steeple chasing subjects. He claimed at the time that to be a good painter of horses, one had to be 'brought up in the stable'.
The family moved from Doncaster in 1830 and although Fred certainly assisted his father when the Herring's were living at Six Mile Bottom near Newmarket, between 1830 and 1833, he did not accompany the rest of the family when they later moved to London. It has been suggested that Herring Senior and his son quarrelled over the similarity of their work, and Herring Junior did not begin to exhibit his paintings at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists and the British Institution until 1863, in order to avoid further conflict with his father. A highly popular artist during his lifetime and still extremely sought after today. The Farmyard is probably one of the best paintings we have seen by Herring Jnr, it has been suggested that his father may have painted part of this picture.
Condition: Excellent. The painting has been lightly cleaned, old re-lining.
Country of Origin: England
Artist & Painting: John Frederick Herring Jnr (1815-1907), British - "The Farmyard" - c1855, signed lower centre. Oil on canvas in new English made swept gilt wood & gesso netted frame.
Provenance: Lord Hastings, Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland.
Signed: J F Herring (lower centre)
Dimensions of Canvas: Height 26.00 inches (66.04cm) Width 43.00 inches (109.22cm)