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    Sale 2175

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    4 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 140

    John Frederick Herring, Sen. (Blackfriars 1795-1865 Tunbridge Wells)

    A letter of intent

    Price Realised  

    John Frederick Herring, Sen. (Blackfriars 1795-1865 Tunbridge Wells)
    A letter of intent
    signed and dated 'J.F. Herring Senr. 1854-5' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    40 x 54 in. (101.6 x 137.3 cm.)


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    The present work was painted a year after Herring had moved to Meopham Park, Kent, where he lived the life of a country squire. By this time he enjoyed Royal patronage and his paintings were selling for at least fifty percent more than when he was living in London.

    Beckett comments on this period of his career: 'Herring's style by this time, showed a greater suavity of brushwork; the veins and tendons of his horses' limbs were suggested rather than anatomised. And he clearly had benefited from his contact with Landseer in the ability to render atmospheric perspective ..... there is a new breadth and spaciousness in his approach to landscape which produced some of his finest work'. (O. Beckett, J.F. Herring & Sons, London, 1981, p. 64.)

    Provenance

    with Newman Galleries, Philadelphia.
    with Arthur Ackermann & Son, London.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Leona M. Helmsley