John Frederick Herring Sr. (1795 – 1865) is a member of an artistic family (three artist sons and brother) who specialized in sporting and animal subject matter. He is known as a highly successful and prolific artist, ranking among Sir Edwin Landseer as one of the more eminent animal painters of the 19th century. Herring worked as a painter of inn signs and coach insignia and later became a night coach driver. However, he spent his spare time painting portraits of horses for inn parlors. He quickly was recognized by wealthy patrons and began painting hunters and racehorses. Herring was invited by the Duc d’Orleans, son of French King Louis-Phillipe, to paint several pictures between 1840-1841, was appointed the Animal Painter by Alexandrina Victoria, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent and was commissioned for the rest of his life by the ruling Queen Victoria. In the later years of his life, Herring moved to rural Kent and began a to paint agricultural scenes, narrative paintings and his better known sporting works. He was featured in exhibitions at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and at the Society of British Artists.