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European Paintings — John Frederick and Alexander F. Rolfe Herring Jr. - An English Farmyard Idyll, 1860

John Frederick and Alexander F. Rolfe Herring Jr. - An English Farmyard Idyll, 1860 John Frederick and Alexander F. Rolfe Herring Jr. - An English Farmyard Idyll, 1860

An English Farmyard Idyll, 1860
Signed and dated on painted handrail l.r.: J.F. Herring -- A.F. Rolfe. 1860
Medium:  Oil on canvas, arched top
Dimensions:  Canvas size: 29” x 39 3/4”; Framed size: 52 3/4” x 74”

John Frederick and Alexander F. Rolfe Herring Jr.

Herring, Jr. was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire around 1820 and was one of the best known sporting and equestrian artists of his day. His father, John Frederick Herring, Sr., was also a master of British sporting and equestrian painting. No doubt, Herring, Sr. greatly influenced his son in terms of stylistic technique and chosen subject matter. However, their works differ significantly in terms of tonality. Other Herring, Jr. "trademarks" include his loose brushwork and masterful depiction of widened views.

As was the case with this work, Herring, Jr. executed a number of his oil paintings with the aid of another artist. This painting’s co-creator, Alexander Role, was the painter brother of Herring, Jr.'s wife, Kate. Rolfe was an English painter best known fir his angling and sporting scenes, though Kate herself was also an artist of some talent.

Herring, Jr. exhibited at all of the most prestigious English exhibition halls of his day, most notably the Royal Academy. His other well-known works, include: The Farm - Autumn (1863), Farmyard (1864), Watering the Team (1869), The Homestead (1871), and A Farmyard (1872).

This lush landscape, executed by John Frederick Herring, Jr. and Alexander F. Rolfe, depicts a quiet English farmyard in the foreground along with a picturesque village and church in the distance. Horses, pigs, goats and chickens can all be seen lazily eating and lounging under a row of verdant trees and a bright blue sky. A pair of farmers and a couple of scampering dogs enliven the delightfully bucolic scene as well. Most significantly, Herring, Jr. and Rolfe have demonstrated an incredible attention to detail in this well-sized oil painting. Every straw thatch and broken rock has been painstakingly depicted.

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