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John Frederick Herring (Senior) was a stage-coachman turned animal painter. He drove the High Flyer stagecoach between London and York for four years before devoting himself to painting pictures. For many years he worked in the Doncaster area and painted 33 consecutive winners of the St Leger. He also painted pictures for George IV and Queen Victoria. Mundig’s portrait was painted by Herring after his triumph in the 1835 Epsom Derby. In the same year he ran in the St Leger but was unplaced. He was trained by John Scott at Malton, who was known as the ‘Wizard of the North’ for his skill in training horses. Herring commented that in painting the portrait he had “received the most liberal assistance from Mr John Scott, allowing me every facility in the getting up of the portrait, and also to Mr William Scott who has kindly sat to me.

Danum Gallery, Library and Museum





oil on canvas


H 28 x W 49 cm

Accession number

DONMG : 445.62

Acquisition method

purchased, 1962

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