19th century oil painting of a Royal Mail coach / carriage with passengers aboard by John Frederick Herring Sr. (English, 1795 – 1865)
19th century coaching / carriage oil on panel of a Royal Mail four-in-hand coach ‘head on’ with passengers on board by John Frederick Herring Sr. (English, 1795 – 1865). The coach is depicted speeding along a dusty country road, passing a milestone at the brow of a hill. The coach wears the correct Royal Mail livery of a black with red door and lower panels, and Post Office red wheels. Signed and dated lower left “J.F. Herring 1839”. To the reverse remnants of gallery label for Thomas Agnew & Sons. English, 1839.
This is a highly finished oil for a larger version (35¾ x 28 inches) of the same subject, signed and dated “J.F. Herring 1839", that is recorded in Oliver Beckett’s “J. F. Herring & Sons” book, page 111, catalogue number 117.
A further ‘head on” version signed and dated bottom right in brown paint “J.F. Herring 1841" and with slightly different passengers, horses and landscape is in the, Paul Mellon Collection, Yale Center for British
Art, Yale University (accession number B2001.2.210).
Interestingly the Paul Mellon version of 1841 is not recorded Oliver Beckett’s “J. F. Herring & Sons” book.
This is a SOLD item and has been left in the Public Domain for research purposes.
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