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A Saddled Chestnut Hunter

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364394
Height
124.46 cm (49")
Width
167.64 cm (66")
Framed Height
144.78 cm (57")
Framed Width
195.58 cm (77")
A Saddled Chestnut Hunter

Claude Lorraine Ferneley was a member of the renowned family of painters which included his father, the significant sporting artist John E Ferneley, and he was the brother of John Jnr., C.N.Ferneley and Sarah. All three children were born in Melton Mowbray, Claude remaining there for his entire life and he was given his name in recognition of his godfather Claude Lorraine Smith who was a patron to sporting artists and squire of Enderby.

His father gave him instruction in painting and his influence is clearly discernible in his son’s work. Claude assisted his father on some paintings on occasion, perhaps more than did his siblings, but this was mainly restricted to working up the backgrounds and John Ferneley issued invoices commensurate with this practice, charging less for the work that his son had undertaken. Because he was so adept at painting in his father’s style, at times he was commissioned to do copies of John’s works, particularly following the latter’s death.

Claude was a most accomplished artist in his own right however and at his best was close to achieving the heights attained by his eminent father. He worked in watercolours - in which his draughtsmanship was equal to his father - as well as in oils, producing horse portraits, equestrian groups and hunting scenes, principally for local patrons. He only exhibited one painting, of horses, which was at the Royal Academy in 1868 but other examples of paintings by him include: “A Meet of the Quorn at Kirby Gate”, “Mr S J Wellfit on his horse Barbarian”, “Whitebait”, “A Shooting Party in a Wood”, “A saddled bay Hunter in a Loosebox” and “Two Huntsman in a Landscape”, the last three among the six in the collection of Leicester Museum and Art Gallery. The British Museum also has a sketchbook in its collection that belonged to him. The drawings are done in pencil, pen and brown ink and is comprised of forty-one leaves and has illustrations and studies of horses, hunting scenes, jockeys, groups of figures and single figure studies of men and women in fashionable dress, a boy playing a piano, military scenes and studies after Titian, Claude Lorraine and Poussin.

It has been said of him that he lacked the ambition to be really successful in his life time but that he had a lovable personality although, like his brother John, he never married. In addition to his artistic talent he was also a gifted musician and, aged ten, would play the piano for the gathered gentry while accompanying his father on his working trips. Father and son were also responsible for the building of the new organ in Melton Church and the honour of being the first to play it went to Claude.

When he died in 1892, he was laid to rest near the grave of his father at Thrussington a few miles west of Melton Mowbray, where his father had been born in 1782.

Bibliography:

The Dictionary of British Equestrian Artists - Sally Mitchell

The Dictionary of Victorian Painters - Christopher Wood

Dictionary of British Animal Painters – J C Wood

British Sporting Painters – Walter Shaw Sparrow

Height
124.46 cm (49")
Width
167.64 cm (66")
Framed Height
144.78 cm (57")
Framed Width
195.58 cm (77")
More Information
Year 1822 - 1892
Medium Oil on canvas
Country England
Signed signed and dated 1863
Provenance Private Collection; purchased from Leger Gallery May 1969
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