John Ferneley Snr (Thrussington 1782 - Melton Mowbray 1860)

John Ferneley Snr - The Marquis of Cleveland's 'Chorister', winner of the 1831 St. Leger at Doncaster
The Marquis of Cleveland's 'Chorister', winner of the 1831 St. Leger at Doncaster Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 'Melton Mowbray 1831'
86.4 x 106.7 cm
34 x 42 inch
John Ferneley Snr - Master John Marriott on a grey horse, with his sister Miss Marriott and their dogs at a cottage door
Master John Marriott on a grey horse, with his sister Miss Marriott and their dogs at a cottage door Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 1832
77.5 x 95.2 cm
30 1/2 x 37 1/2 inch
John Ferneley Snr - Lord Henry Bentinck's chestnut hunter 'Firebird',  and 'Policy', a foxhound,in a loose box
Lord Henry Bentinck's chestnut hunter 'Firebird', and 'Policy', a foxhound,in a loose box Oil on canvas
Signed, inscribed and dated 1845
113.7 x 156.2 cm
44 3/4 x 61 1/2 inch
Biography
Biography

Born at Thrussington in Leicestershire, the son of a wheelwright, John Ferneley was first apprenticed to his father's trade. His artistic talent was soon recognised by the Duke of Rutland, who admired some of his pictures which adorned a cart on which his father was working. In 1803, at the instigation of the Duke of Rutland, Ferneley was sent to London to study with the successful sporting painter Benjamin Marshall; he also enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1806 to 1853.


From 1804, John Ferneley travelled extensively around England, visiting Dover (to paint the Leicestershire militia), Norfolk and Lincoln. In 1808 he went to Ireland, where he returned annually between 1810 and 1812, painting many pictures for the Irish gentry.


Ferneley spent the rest of his life at Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, where he built a studio and house named Elgin Lodge. His reputation earned him the patronage and friendship of many Meltonians and members of the aristocracy. Ferneley was patronised by some of the most fashionable figures of the day, including Beau Brummel and Count d'Orsay.


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