John Frederick Herring Senior (1790-1865)

Born in Blackfriars, Herring was born into a large family of painters. Herring first worked as a coach painter, before embarking on a career as a young coachman on the mail coaches between Doncaster and London. After a few years he turned to painting hunters and racehorses for the local gentry.

He first exhibited at the RA in 1818. In 1845 he was appointed painter for the Duchess of Kent. This was to be followed by a commission from Queen Victoria who was to remain a patron for the rest of his life.

Herring’s work is of a consistently high quality, possibly because he destroyed his lesser works. At his best his paintings of horses are strong, powerful