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191

John Frederick Herring Sr.

A brindle Greyhound bitch in a landscape

Estimate:

8,000 to - 12,000 GBP

The Property of a Private Collector

John Frederick Herring Sr.

John Frederick Herring Sr.

A brindle Greyhound bitch in a landscape

A brindle Greyhound bitch in a landscape

Estimate:

8,000 to - 12,000 GBP

The Property of a Private Collector

John Frederick Herring Sr.

Surrey 1795 - 1863 Meopham, Kent

A brindle Greyhound bitch in a landscape


signed and dated lower right: J.F.Herring / 1820.

oil on panel

unframed: 45 x 61.1 cm.; 17 3/4 x 24 1/8 in.

framed: 56.9 x 72.5 cm.; 22 3/8 x 28 1/2 in.

The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish is very slightly discoloured. The pigments appear bright and much of the impasto brushwork remains intact. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a milky varnish, underneath which little intervention is revealed: small spots scattered in the sky, and three, more concentrated horizontal lines of retouching (centre, centre right and upper right), the largest being that in the centre, just above the dog, which measures 1 x 10 cm. The painting is in overall good condition.


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With Spink, London, 1973;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 9 April 1997, lot 129;
Private collection, UK.

This is Herring's earliest recorded portrait of a greyhound, painted while he was living in Doncaster. He had exhibited his first painting at the Royal Academy two years earlier, in 1818, and was beginning to make a name for himself among the sporting fraternity in the north of England. 


The identity of the bitch is not known but brindled greyhounds were quite rare at this period and she could well be the bitch owned by the coursing enthusiast George L. Fox, a member of the Malton Coursing Club, whose brindle bitch 'Whimsey' beat Lord Rivers' black dog 'Rector' in a match of the First Class at the Newmarket November meeting 1817, at Chippenham Field on Friday 3rd December.