Lot 81
  • 81

John Frederick Herring Sr.

Estimate
250,000 - 350,000 USD
Sold
287,500 USD
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Description

  • John Frederick Herring Sr.
  • The Meet of the East Suffolk Hounds at Chippenham Park with George Mure of Herringswell, M.F.H,  and William Rose, Huntsman
  • signed J.F. Herring and dated 1839 (lower left)
  • oil on canvas

Provenance

Arthur Ackerman & Son, London
Property of a Nobleman (and sold, Christie's, London, July 19, 1985, lot 21, illustrated
The Household International Corporation Collection (and sold, Sotheby's, New York, December 1, 1998, lot 20, illustrated)
Richard Green, London
Acquired from the above in 2000

Exhibited

London, Richard Green, Sporting Paintings, 1999, no. 24

Literature

The Connoisseur, 1959, vol. 159, p. 38

Catalogue Note

Because hunting subjects were rare for John Frederick Herring Sr. and were often completed in a small format, The Meet of the East Suffolk Hounds at Chippenham Park is an impressive example of his skill for transcribing the spirited and venerable sport of hunting, as well as the lush rolling countrysides in which it takes place.  Although many critics questioned whether or not Herring was a huntsman himself, Herring scholar Oliver Beckett notes that "surely the accuracy and vivacity of his hunting pictures...belies this criticism" (Oliver Beckett, J. F. Herring & Sons, London, 1981, p. 48), and in works such as the present, he expertly pays homage to the sport's long-standing tradition.  

In this dynamic composition set in Chippenham Park under stormy skies, a host of huntsman are gathered, including George Mure, one of the pioneers of the Suffolk Hunt, which was founded by the Dukes of Grafton at Euston. He was Master of Foxhounds from 1825 until 1845, during which time his hounds, kennelled at Herringswell, hunted with great success.  Also depicted are the huntsman, Will Rose, and the whip, Sam Hibbs, who in 1845 was promoted to huntsman and held this position until his death.  

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