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John Ferneley Senior
Sir Richard Sutton's foxhounds

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John Ferneley Snr (1782-1860 Melton Mowbray) Sir Richard Sutton's foxhounds signed J. Ferneley lower right Oil on canvas Canvas Size 16 1/8 x 20 1/2 in Framed Size 21 x 25 in Provenance The E. W. Towler Collection, formerly of Glympton Park, Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Literature Major Guy Paget, D.L The Melton Mowbray of John Ferneley, pg. 91. John Ferneley Senior (1782–1860) was an English painter, renowned for his exceptional talent in equestrian and sporting art during the 19th century. Born on June 20, 1782, in Thrussington, Leicestershire, Ferneley developed a passion for horses and art from an early age. He apprenticed under the engraver and miniaturist Benjamin Green, where he honed his skills as an artist. Ferneley gained recognition for his ability to capture the spirit and energy of horses, becoming a prominent figure in the sporting art genre. His work often featured detailed depictions of hunting scenes, racehorses, and portraits of distinguished equestrian figures. His paintings were characterized by precision, anatomical accuracy, and a keen understanding of the equine form. In 1810, Ferneley moved to Melton Mowbray, a town known for its fox hunting traditions, where he established himself as a leading sporting artist. He quickly garnered a reputation for his skill in portraying the hunting elite and their prized horses. His clientele included many prominent sportsmen and aristocrats of the time. Ferneley's association with the Melton Hunt Club further solidified his position in the equestrian art world. His paintings often showcased the thrill and elegance of fox hunting, capturing the dynamic movement of horses and the intensity of the chase. His ability to convey the individual characteristics of both horses and riders contributed to the enduring appeal of his work. Throughout his career, Ferneley exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy in London and other prestigious venues. His paintings were not only admired for their artistic merit but also for their historical significance in documenting the sporting culture of 19th-century England. John Ferneley Senior's legacy lives on through his influential contributions to equestrian and sporting art. His works are highly sought after by collectors and continue to be displayed in galleries and museums, celebrating the enduring beauty and excitement of the world of horses as captured by this masterful painter.
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