'Farmyard Scene' (1881) by John Frederick Herring junior (1815/21-1907) is a typical example of a popular genre amongst 19th-century collectors. The artist of this work was the son of animal painter J. F. Herring senior.
John Frederick Herring junior, painter of sporting views and farmyard scenes, was born in Doncaster, the son of the painter John Frederick Herring senior. In 1830 he moved with his parents to Six Mile Bottom, near Newmarket, later settling in Cambridgeshire. He married the painter Catherine Augusta (Kate) Rolfe. Herring junior had a poor relationship with his father and was not mentioned in his father’s will. This is thought to be because of a dispute over whether he encouraged his own work to be mistaken for that of his father. He exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Academy and the British Institution. In addition, 35 of his works were reproduced in ‘The Sporting Magazine’. He died in Cambridge in 1907.
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