Harry Hall (British, 1814-1882)
GEORGE MURE OF HERRINGSWELL
Oil on canvas, 40 1/2" X 60"
Provenance: Miss Mure of Perceton Anonymous Sale; Sotheby's, New York, 9 June 1989, lot 97 Exhibited: Rountree Tryon, 2015 Sporting Exhibition Literature: J.N.P. Watson, Collection Sporting Art, London, 1988, illustrated facing pg. 57 George Mure (1797-1868) was one of the pioneers of the East Suffolk Hunt - now called the Suffolk Hunt - which was founded by the Dukes of Grafton at Euston. He was Master of the Foxhounds for nearly 20 years, during which time the hounds were kenneled at Herringswell. Herringswell is approximately seven miles northeast of Newmarket. Mure's huntsman was Will Rose and the whip was Sam Hibbs. Mure was also painted by John Frederick Herring, Sr. and the brothers William and Henry Barraud. The present painting is one of the finest examples of Hall's work, with extreme attention paid to all four horses and riders and a rabble of hounds showing great personality. Harry Hall was an English equestrian painter, whose works were in high demand by 19th-century horse owners. Born in Cambridge, he was trained by another sporting artist of note, Abraham Cooper. Hall first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1838 and continued to show in artistic society exhibitions throughout his life. Living in Newmarket, he was a prolific painter, and after J. F. Herring, Sr.'s death, he was considered the foremost racehorse portraitist of his time. Hall first appeared at Tattersalls, where he worked on several of the publications: British Racehorse, The Sporting Review, and The Field to name but a few. He also worked for The Illustrated London News.