After John Frederick Herring, Sr.
Three Horses at a Trough
Oil on canvas.
Painting Size: 19” x 26”
Frame Size: 25.5” x 32.5”
This painting is based on the highly successful John Frederick Herring, Sr. painting, Three Members of the Temperance Society, that was popularized through engravings, most especially the engravings of Alexander Hay Ritchie, during the middle of the nineteenth century. In fact, so popular was this image, that it was used by the Temperance Movement as the basis of a children’s story on the dangers of alcohol consumption.
John Frederick Herring, Sr, was one of the greatest and most prolific English equestrian painters. Stemming from humble origins, and a career as a coach driver, Herring became the painter to the Duchess of Kent, and was patronized by Queen Victoria. He died living the life of a successful country squire, and having established an painting dynasty through his sons John Frederick Jr, Benjamin, and Charles, all successful equestrian artists in their own right.
Today, his work can be found in the world’s greatest museums, including the Tate Gallery, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Courtald Institute of Art.
Mitchell, Sally. The Dictionary of British Equestrian Artists. (1985).