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John Ferneley Senior (1782-1860)

Ferneley was the son of a wheelwright, born in Leicestershire in 1782. Ferneley first worked as a coach painter until his ability was recognised by the Duke of Rutland, whereupon his father was persuaded to apprentice him to Ben Marshall who enrolled him at the RA Schools.

Ferneley painted many of his famous pictures of the Quorn Hunt on his return to Leicestershire in about 1805. In 1810 he established himself in Melton Mowbray, where he remained for the rest of his life.

Many of Ferneley’s finest paintings date from the period 1810-1850. His use of colour was excellent.