Princely Art Marketer
Herring Sr., John Frederick (Surrey 1795 – Meopham Park 1865). Evening. Horses ridden to the village pond for watering after the day’s work. On the right buildings and sheds. With rich tree accessories, ducks by and on the water, and a swarm of birds. Colored aquatint by J. Harris (Simeon John Harris, 1811 London 1865?). 1849. Inscribed: Painted by J. F. Herring, Senr. / Engraved by John Harris. / London Published March 15th. 1849. by E. Gambart & Co. 25. Berners St. Oxford St. (standing for the years 1850-1860) Paris by Goupil, Vibert & Co. (standing for the years 1841-1850), otherwise as above. 22 × 28½ in (55.8 × 72.5 cm).
Gambart: Prince of the Victorian Art World
Pamela M. Fletcher
Creating the French Gallery:
Ernest Gambart and the Rise of the Commercial Art Gallery
in Mid-Victorian London
Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide,
a Journal of 19th Century Visual Culture
Herring’s Farm Scenes. – With rectangular drystamp E. GAMBART & Co. / … / 25 BERNERS St. In-between a smaller rectangle with illegible inscription, as then also more seems to follow the finely engraved complete address after Vibert & Co. Documented by literature here only the oval drystamp E GAMBART & CO LONDON.
after Herring’s atmospheric 1848 Evening
of his series of The Times of Day for the legendary print publisher Ernest Gambart (1814-1902), famous not least for the soirées in his princely London residence, followed up by “Les Palmiers”, a marble palace in Nice at the then insignificant Avenue Gambart, when about 1870, just 56 years old, he retired as now consul-general of Spain. By this emulating his colleague, Broadway prince and Ridinger drummer Emil Seitz (c. 1830-1911). And by a summer mansion at Spa he affectionately remembered his Belgian descent. At the age of 19 he embarked on his rise in Paris, first with his own business, then as employee of Goupil’s, as whose agent and then soon, remaining on friendly terms, competitor he moved on to London in 1840.
No less instantaneous the print itself as documented by the addresses . Later ones differ not least by missing coloring, too.
The white upper margin partially foxing, the lower one slightly browned. In the white field of the sky of the subject itself four round fox spots of indeed up to 1 cm in diameter and one of 1.5 cm covered by branches, yet not particularly interfering within the general pictorial tone. On the back in the upper part and at the lower margin browned/foxing. Various backed tears in the white platemark, one of which slightly extending into the subject. A separate tear in the edge of the image itself, too. Here and there a little rubbed, but hardly impairing. Three sides trimmed within the white platemark. Nothing more ultimately than due to age frequently accompanying these beautiful large-sized wall fillers.
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