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    Sale 1910

    Sporting And Wildlife Art Including The Collection Of Doug And Ellen Miller

    28 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 18

    John E. Ferneley, Sen. (British, 1782-1860)

    A Gentleman, possibly Francis Holyoake, on a Bay Hunter in a Landscape, a Hunt Beyond

    Price Realised  

    John E. Ferneley, Sen. (British, 1782-1860)
    A Gentleman, possibly Francis Holyoake, on a Bay Hunter in a Landscape, a Hunt Beyond
    signed, inscribed and dated 'J. Ferneley/Melton Mowbray/1828.' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    34 x 44 in. (86.4 x 111.8 cm.)


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    The two principle qualities of a portrait by Ferneley, which are both very much in evidence in the present work, are the exquisite drawing of the horses' heads and the sophistication of his landscapes, 'All the veins stand out, and the eyes are bright and intelligent. He is fond of a soft bluish landscape, which so truly portrays the hazy effect which the cold clay soil gives to the horizon in Leicestershire. His distances are soft and blending; they recede naturally into his skies.' (Paget, op. cit., p. 102.)

    For a note on the artist please see lot 8.

    Provenance

    J.T.E. Walker, Studely Castle, Warwickshire; Christie's, London, 18 February 1893, lot 20 (4 gns to Abel).
    Acquired by the current owner's great-grandfather.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN