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John Frederick Herring - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - John Frederick Herring (1795 - 1865)

John Frederick Herring was a member of an artistic family who specialized in sporting and animal subject matter. He preferred to paint racehorses and typically painted the likeness of the Derby and St. Leger winners. His worked was highly reproduced in engravings. Herring had three artist sons and a brother and it can be difficult to distinguish between the works of the various family members. A highly successful and prolific artist, Herring ranks along with Sir Edwin Landseer as one of the more eminent animal painters of mid-nineteenth (19th) century Europe. The paintings of Herring were very popular, and many were engraved, including his 33 winners of the St. Leger and his 21 winners of the Derby. Herring exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1818-1865, at the British Institution from 1830-1865, and at the Society of British Artists in 1836-1852, where Herring became Vice-President in 1842. Herring created hundreds of paintings which were acknowledged during his lifetime. J.F. Herring Senior engraving by J Harris is worth $5000–$10000.

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