1795 to 1865, England

“‘Thrysis’ a Favourite Hunter, the Property of Sir George Sitwell, Bart.”

Oil on canvas

Good. Original frame

56.50 x 76.50 cm    22.24 x 30.12 inches

Exhibited: Royal Academy 1826 no.281
The Property of Sir George Sitwell, Bart.

A later label attached to the stretcher on the reverse of the pinting 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 Sitwells settled in the parish of Eckington, Derbyshire in the early 16th century. The 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.

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.

John Frederick Herring Snr is regarded as one of the finest and most renowned sporting artists of the nineteenth century and as Grant says, “many of his works have become classics of their kind…”

He was born in Newgate Street, Blackfriars, London, one of nine children, and resided there until he was eighteen years old. His father, Benjamin, was a fringe maker and upholsterer ...