Lord Lonsdale out Hunting

  • About the work

    William Lowther (1787-1872), second earl of Lonsdale, is here engaged in the traditional British pursuit of foxhunting. Lowther was a politician, whose many interests included riding and hunting. He was also the owner of a horse named ‘Spaniel’, which won the Derby in 1831.

  • About the artist
    Born in Surrey, John Frederick Herring senior was the son of an upholsterer and fringe-maker for coaches. He was initially employed as a coach painter, which led him to become a coach driver, but he also had a successful career painting St Leger and Derby horserace winners. In about 1830 he moved to London and, aged 38, received his first formal art training under Abraham Cooper. He later received several royal commissions, becoming Animal Painter to HRH the Duchess of Kent in 1846. Despite this, his move to London was not financially successful until he gained the patronage of William Taylor Copeland, head of the Spode Porcelain factory in Stoke-on-Trent. Herring produced several paintings for him, including designs for Spode china.
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    People
    Lowther, William, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale
    Places
    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Lord Lonsdale out Hunting
    Date
    c.1860
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 86.40 cm, width: 112.20 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from E & H Thompson, Carlisle, October 1952
    Inscription
    bl: J. F. Herring
    Provenance
    With E. & H. Thompson, Carlisle; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in October 1952
    GAC number
    1884