John Frederick Herring, Snr. (British, 1795-1865) King Cole, a dark bay hunter in a stable
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John Frederick Herring, Snr. (British, 1795-1865) King Cole, a bay racehorse, in a stable
Sold for £31,250 (US$ 52,525) inc. premium
Lot Details
John Frederick Herring, Snr. (British, 1795-1865)
King Cole, a bay racehorse, in a stable
signed 'J.F. Herring Snrr' (to the rail centre right), inscribed and dated 'King Cole 1842' (to the rail centre left) oil on canvas
74 x 92cm (29 1/8 x 36 3/16in).


  • John Frederick Herring met William Taylor Copeland in 1835; having gained somewhat of a reputation as 'artist-coachman' in his early career, Herring was by now established as a painter of racehorses, including a series of St. Leger winners. However, despite his numerous commissions and the royalties from his engravings, Herring found himself in financial difficulty, racking up debts in excess of £500, following an expensive relocation from Newmarket to London, and an expanding family.

    Copeland covered Herring's debts and offered him accommodation at his Leyton estate. In return, Herring painted numerous commissions for Copeland, including 'Scene on Cannock Chase' (1843, a modern copy of which is included in the present sale), and the celebrated 'Mazeppa'. Herring also produced designs for a series of hunting scenes used for transfer onto Copeland Spode wares.

    King Cole was a bay colt, bred by Lord Grey in 1833, who raced for Copeland for many years, winning twenty-nine times between 1836 and 1842. The horse also appears- ridden by his usual jockey, Charles Marlow, wearing Copeland's colours -in Herring's famous 1842 work Scene on Cannock Chase, which was also commissioned by Copeland.
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