The Farmyard

John Herring, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in England, Great Britain. The date it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
“My heart skipped a beat when I saw a JF Herring Snr painting in the collection! (JF Herring Jnr painted in a similar style but was less talented than his father). It’s such a wonderfully familiar scene of a farmyard idyll; beautifully painted horses picking at hay, a litter of curious pigs and an assortment of scratching fowl, drawing the eye to a distant village. A family friend, who was the grandson of one of the pre-Raphaelite founders, had a Herring painting over the fireplace in his study and this painting immediately evokes memories of tired gundogs sprawled in front of an open fire. Looking at this painting, I can still smell wet dogs and wood smoke!” Tracy Byatt 'My Choice' March 2021

Herring was an incredibly popular and well respected animal painter who specialised in horses. His patrons included Queen Victoria.
Image 632 x 760mm
Frame 850 x 975 x 95mm
oil on canvas
Painting of a farm yard with 3 horses (1 white, 1 brown, 1 black) with their heads under a little shelter, standing next to a wheelbarrow loaded with green cuttings. Around the feet of the horses are chickens, a row of pigs to the left, some birds are resting on top of the small shelter. The the right is a farm building behind which is a row of trees. At the far left is a view across fields possibly showing some buildings in the distance.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Mrs Studholme, 1938.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
29 Aug 1938



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