This picture is unquestionably one of the artist's finest works and may have been painted in collaboration with his father, John Ferneley, Sen. (1782-1860).
The figures can be identified, from left to right, as Tom (a whip), Will Danby (the huntsman), George Lloyd (the previous Master), and Ralph Creyke (the Master, 1841). The later, who commissioned the picture, owned two properties in Yorkshire: Rawcliffe Hall, Selby, is shown on the left, and Marton Hall, Bridlington, a late 17th Century house with a particularly fine late 18th Century staircase, the gates of which are shown on the right. A considerable degree of artistic license has been employed as the two houses are forty miles apart.
A study for this picture, signed and dated 1842, was sold at Christie's, 20 November 1981, lot 14 (£2600).