John Frederick Herring Jr.(British, 1820-1907)
John F. Herring, Jr. was born in Doncaster c.1820, to the well-known 19th century artist John F. Herring, Sr. His father, at that time, was considered one of England’s greatest Sporting and Equestrian artists, and was therefore patronized by the English aristocracy. John F. Herring Sr.’s mastery of the brush and popularity among the nobles served his son, Herring, Jr., well. Early on he was exposed to fine painting and wealthy patrons.
It is no surprise that Herring, Jr. developed a love for painting – a passion that was also shared by his brothers Charles and Benjamin. Three of Herring, Sr.’s four sons became artists and painted in the same style as their father – often collaborating on a single painting.
Herring, Jr. continued to paint, in the tradition of his father, sporting and animal pictures. However, as his artistic prowess developed his style changed. Herring Jr. started loosening his brushwork and widening his views. The placement of farm animals at the banks of a stream or in a farmyard are characteristic elements of his work.
Herring, Jr. married Kate Rolfe, an artist herself and the daughter of Alexander Rolfe, the English angling and sporting artist. Herring, Jr. would, at times, collaborate with his father-in-law, as well as other artists – painting the animals in their works.
During his lifetime Herring exhibited at all the major exhibition halls including the Royal Academy, where he exhibited: The Farm – Autumn (1863), Farm-yard (1864), Watering the Team (1869), The Homestead (1871) and A Farm yard (1872) among others.