John Frederick Herring Sr – Fortitude – 11oz Coffee Mug


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One of a range of fine art mugs depicting famous equestrian paintings. This mug depicts one of the most famous horse paintings – “Fortitude” (undated) by the British equestrian artist John Frederick Herring Sr.

Perfect for coffee, tea and hot chocolate, this classic shape white, durable ceramic mug in the most popular size. High quality sublimation printing makes it an appreciated gift to every true hot beverage lover.

John Frederick Herring Sr (1795–1865) was a painter, sign maker and coachman in Victorian England. Born in London, he was the son of a London merchant of Dutch parentage who had been born in America. The first eighteen years of Herring’s life were spent in London, where his greatest interests were drawing and horses. In the year 1814 he moved to Doncaster in the north of England, arriving in time to witness the Duke of Hamilton’s “William” win the St. Leger Stakes horserace.

In 1845 Herring was appointed Animal Painter to HRH the Duchess of Kent, followed by a subsequent commission from Queen Victoria, who remained a patron for the rest of his life.

A highly successful and prolific artist, John Frederick Herring Sr ranks along with Sir Edwin Landseer and George Stubbs as one of the more eminent animal painters of mid 19th century Europe.

The paintings of Herring were very popular, and many were engraved, including his 33 winners of the St. Leger and his 21 winners of the Derby. Herring exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institution, and the Society of British Artists.

Fortitude, a chestnut filly by Whisker Out of Fortuna by Commus (1826), was owned by Mr Thomas Holdsworth and is seen here with with the jockey Patrick Connolly up. This painting was painted in 1829 before Herring left Doncaster.

The horse’s long list of prizes include:

1829, Champion stakes, Lincoln
1829 The Gold Cup
1829 The sweepstakes at Chesterfield
1830 Won silver tureen in the handicap stakes, New York. Her majesty’s plate, Lincoln
1831, Second Gavin Stakes, Epsom
1832 Dead healed for free handicap, Liverpool
Heaton Park Stakes
Manchester Stakes.

In white ceramic with printing on both sides, this is an 11oz mug, that holds around 0.33 litres of coffee, chocolate and tea. Durable and with a print made to last, this mug is a perfect gift for who you love, and for you.

  • Height, in 3.75
  • Diameter, in 3.15

Additional information

Weight1 kg