John Frederick Herring Sr.
- John Frederick Herring Sr.
- Mr O’Brien’s dark bay racehorse Jonathan Wild with jockey T. Ryder up
- signed J.F.Herring Senr, dated 1846, and inscribed Jonathan Wild. (lower right)
- oil on canvas
John Frederick Herring Sr. sketched animals since childhood, but his artistic career began as a painter of signs and coaches. In his spare time, he painted portraits of horses to decorate inn parlors, and his talent was eventually recognized by wealthy patrons who commissioned him to paint their hunters and racehorses.