John Frederick Herring Sr – Margrave – 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 – “Margrave a liver chestnut racehorse with jockey James Robinson up, at Doncaster” (painted 1833) 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 for 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.

Foaled in 1829 by Muley, out of Principessa’s dame by Election, Margrave’s first major triumph was at Doncaster, where he won the St. Leger in 1832 for John Gully, the famous prize fighter, ridden by James Robinson. Painted one year later, in 1833, the painting celebrates this victory. Margrave later won the Criterion and Grand Duke Michael Stakes at Newmarket, before being bought by John Scott, for whom he won the St. Leger a second time; one of sixteen St. Leger winners to come out of Scott’s yard at Malta.

John Reid Walker, to whom this picture belonged, was the son of Sir Andrew Barclay Walker, 1st Bt. (1824-1893), founder of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. A talented polo player and successful racehorse breeder, Walker was also a prolific art collector who owned possibly as many as forty paintings by Herring, as well as works by Turner, Gainsborough and Guardi.

This painting is now a part of the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

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