Herring, John Frederick Senior

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

Items by "Herring, John Frederick Senior"


The Halifax Mail Coach

Oil on canvas painting of the Halifax Mail Coach painted by John Frederick Herring I (1785-1865).


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…


Barnet Fair

An oil on canvas painting of a scene of the Barnet horse fair. Painted in 1858 by John Frederick Her…


Rattler the Trotter

An oil on canvas painting of a famous 19th century trotter called Rattler. Painted by John Frederick…


A Carriage Horse in a Stable

A grey carriage horse stands in a stable harnessed up and ready to be put to a carriage. Painted by…