John Frederick Herring Sr – Thrysis – 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 – “Thrysis, a favourite hunter, the property of Sir George Sitwell, Bart” (painted 1826) by the British equestrian artist John Frederick Herring Sr.

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.

A label attached to the stretcher on the reverse of the painting reads: “Thrysis by Sorcerer out of the Hipped mare by Sir W W Wynn. When 3 years old in 1820 he won a Sweepstakes of 10 Gs each 6 Subrs., also the Norden Plate of £50 & a Sweepstakes of 10 Gs each 3 Subrs. at Ludlow. In 1821 he won a Sweepstakes of 5 Gs each with £50 added at Worcester, ditto at Hereford, beating Holston, & £50 & a Sweepstakes of 15 Gs each 4 Subrs and the Gold Cup at Wrexham beating Tarragon & Teniers. In 1822 a Sweepstakes of 6 Gs each with £50 added at Hereford. Afterwards the property of & hunted by Sir George Sitwell Bart. Painted by J F Herring Feby 14 1826.”

The famous Sitwell family settled in the parish of Eckington, Derbyshire in the early 16th century. Their well-known Hall was built in 1625. The family made their money through being the largest producers of iron nails in the world, made in their own iron works in Eckington.

Sir Sitwell Sitwell Esq was created a Baronet in 1808 and it was he who extensively modernised the Hall at the end of the 18th century and at the beginning of the 19th. His only son George, born in 1797, inherited the title on the death of his father in 1811. The family is probably best known for the literary and artistic siblings Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell in the early 20th century.

“Thrysis” was first exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, in 1826.

In white ceramic with printing on both sides, this is an 11oz mug, that holds around 0.33 liters 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

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Weight1 kg