John Ferneley (Thrussington 1781-1860 Melton Mowbray)
John Ferneley (Thrussington 1781-1860 Melton Mowbray)

The Arab stallion 'Orelio' in a desert landscape, other horses and figures beyond

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John Ferneley (Thrussington 1781-1860 Melton Mowbray)
The Arab stallion 'Orelio' in a desert landscape, other horses and figures beyond
signed, inscribed and dated 'J. Ferneley Melton. Mowbray 1833.' (lower right) and inscribed 'ORELJO' (lower centre)
oil on canvas
28 3/8 x 36 3/8 in. (72 x 92.5 cm.)
Provenance
with Arthur Ackermann and Son, London, 1962 (according to a label on the reverse).
Literature
Major Guy Paget, The Melton Mowbray of John Ferneley. The Account Books of John Ferneley, Leicester, 1931, no. 370, commissioned by Captain Raynesford.
T.H. Taunton, Portraits of Celebrated Racehorses etc., London, 1887, II, p. 216, illustrated.

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Lot Essay

Orelio was a bay Arab stallion owned by General Carfrae in India. Believed to have been foaled in 1820, little is now known of his career in India, although he is thought only to have been beaten once - by Wildblood over four miles. In 1831 he was sold to Colonel Short, by whom he was imported to England - a relatively late example of the importation of Arab stallions to improve thoroughbred bloodlines.

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