About the Artist
John Ferneley (1782-1860)
Born in Thrussington, Leicestershire, he was the son of a wheelwright. As a youngster he worked with his father and his artistic ability was first recognised by the Duke of Rutland. The Duke persuaded his father to become a pupil of Benjamin Marshall where he made copies of has horse paintings. He was subsequently enrolled as a student of the Royal Academy Schools and painted his first commissions for the Duke of Rutland.
Whilst visiting Lincoln, Ferneley met Thomas Assheton and it was for him that he painted the famous picture of Quorn. From 1810 to 1812 he made annual visits to Ireland and painted for the Irish Gentry. He established himself in Melton Mowbray and built a studio and later a house, Elgin Lodge, on the Sleaford Road. His work became very fashionable and his patrons included many earls and Dukes. Ferneley painted many portraits of hunters, hunt scurries and large pictures of meets of hounds. He has a fine use of colour and his pictures are comparable to Marshall’s and second only to Stubbs.