Summary of A Harnessed Carriage Horse with a Groom in a Stable
An oil on canvas painting of a carriage horse being harnessed in a stable. Painted by John Frederick Herring Senior in 1832.
A bay carriage horses stands in a stable. The horse wears a two tone leather full collar harness with a wide low pad. A groom is to the right of the horse holding a bridle, he wears a long sleeved waistcoat that were worn under a livery coat.
John Frederick Herring was born in London in 1795. Herring spent the first eighteen years of his life in London, where his greatest interest was drawing and horses. In 1814, at the age of 18, he moved to Doncaster in the north of England. He married Ann Harris and had three sons who all became artists, John Frederick Herring Jnr, Charles Herring, and Benjamin. His two daughters, Ann and Emma, both married painters.
In Doncaster, Herring was employed as a painter of inn signs and coach insignia on the sides of coaches, and his later contact with a firm owned by a Mr. Wood led to Herring's subsequent employment as a night coach driver. Herring spent his spare time painting portraits of horses for inn parlours, and he became known as the "artist coachman". His talent was recognised by wealthy customers, and he began painting hunters and racehorses for the gentry .
In 1830 Herring left Doncaster for Newmarket where he spent three years before moving to London. In the city he experienced financial difficulties and was given financial assistance by W Copland , who commissioned many paintings, including some designs used for the Copeland Spode bone china.
In 1845, Herring was appointed Animal Painter to HRH the Duchess of Kent , followed by a subsequent commission from Her Majesty Queen Victoria who remained a patron for the rest of his life
This painting is in the care of National Museums Liverpool
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