John Ferneley, Sen. (1781-1860)
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John Ferneley, Sen. (1781-1860)

The Quorn Hunt in Full Cry, with Lord Rancliffe, Mr Francis Holyoake, Mr James Maxse on 'Cognac', Lord Elcho, Captain Horatio Ross, Mr John Ferneley, Mr Valentine Mayer, Sir Harry Goodriche and Squire Osbaldeston

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John Ferneley, Sen. (1781-1860)
The Quorn Hunt in Full Cry, with Lord Rancliffe, Mr Francis Holyoake, Mr James Maxse on 'Cognac', Lord Elcho, Captain Horatio Ross, Mr John Ferneley, Mr Valentine Mayer, Sir Harry Goodriche and Squire Osbaldeston
signed, inscribed and dated 'J. Ferneley/Melton Mowbray./1825.' (lower right)
oil on canvas
26 ½ x 87 ½ in. (67.3 x 222.3 cm.)
Provenance
probably, commissioned by Valentine Mayer, Esq., 1825.
with Arthur Ackermann, London, 1961.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 15 April 1994, lot 69.
with Richard Green, London, 1995, where acquired by the present owner.
Literature
probably, Major Guy Paget, The Melton Mowbray of John Ferneley, London, 1931, p. 134, no. 209 (as one of three hunt pictures, 1825)
Exhibited
London, Richard Green, Annual exhibition of Sporting paintings, 1994, no. 9.
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Lot Essay

The present picture is perhaps one of the three hunting scenes mentioned in the artist's account books, no. 209, 'V. Maher [sic.] Esq., 1825, £94.10.0'. Two of three pictures commissioned by Valentine Mayer were offered in these Rooms from the H.J. Joel Collection, 13 July 1984, lot 10 Tally Ho! and lot 11 The Kill. While the present picture is wider than either of the Joel pair, which measured 26 ½ x 63 ¼ in., it is of the same unusual height, and its subject would suggest that it was designed as the central picture of the three.
These long hunting full cry paintings were a speciality of Ferneley's, and no other sporting artist has left us with such a record of hunting in the first half of the nineteenth-century with, in many cases, the names of the followers shown.
The Quorn hunt is one of the world's oldest fox hunting packs, and was established 1696. Its country is mostly in Leicestershire, together with some smaller areas of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The group of riders are all identified, with John Ferneley including himself in the composition. Ferneley may be the figure clearing the fence dressed in black, as since he wasn’t a member of the Quorn hunt, he wouldn’t have been able to ride in a red coat.
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