John Ferneley Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
5-18-1782 Thrussington, ENG - 1-16-1860 Melton Mowbray, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
John Ferneley worked with his father, who was a master wheelwright until he was nineteen years old but was urged to take up oil painting by John Manners. In 1801 he moved to London and studied under the sporting artist Benjamin Marshall. While training with Marshall he also joined the Royal Academy School. His artwork was exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1806 to 1853.
He moved to the small town of Melton Mowbray was fast becoming a favorite stop for the sporting elite and the place where modern fox-hunting developed in the late eighteenth century, here he built his studio and later a house called Elgin Lodge. Hugo Meynell, a wealthy local breeder trained his hounds not to be afraid of and to keep up with the horses and riders in their hunting pursuit over hedges and ditches. At this time riders began wearing the scarlet red jackets which were to become synonymous with fox hunting.
John Ferneley's equestrian portrait paintings and hunting scenes were extremely in vogue. Good horses sold quite easily for 200 guineas each and most experienced riders had at least ten in their stables. His work became much sought after, his patrons including many Royals and personalities such as Beau Brummel and the Count d'Orsay. The members all contributed to the painter's fee and then drew lots to determine the lucky winner.
John Ferneley specialized in painting "scurries", panoramic paintings showing a sequence of events. He befriended artist Sir Francis Grant, who helped with painting the figures, and Ferneley helped him with the painting of horses, this way they worked together on various compositions.
In Ireland where he had also developed a clientele, he spent two years between 1810 and 1812, he did a many commissioned oil paintings for wealthy Irish patrons. He had six children, three them later became painters.
Art Movement: Victorian Classicism
Artists Influencing John Ferneley: Benjamin Marshall, Francis Grant
He Traveled To Ireland