John Frederick Herring, Sr.
John Frederick Herring, Sr. (British, 1795-1865)
Oil on panel, 10” x 12”
Signed, inscribed and dated 1834
$8,000. – 12,000.
Collection of Mrs. E Huxley
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jack R. Dick
Sotheby’s, “The Mr. and Mrs. Jack R. Dick Collection of English
Sporting and Conversation Paintings, Part One,”
October 31, 1973, lot 16
Foaled in 1831, Touchstone was bred and owned by Robert Grosvenor, the Marquess of Westminster. Described as a frail foal, Touchstone matured to 15.2 hands and was noted for his muscular legs and hindquarters, as well as his long back which resulted from an extra dorsal vertebrae and partial ribs. He won 15 of 22 starts, including the St. Leger Stakes over Derby winner Plenipotentiary, the Ascot Gold Cup over St. Leger winner Rockingham, and the Doncaster Cup over the great mare Beeswing. Touchstone was the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland four times and sire of two leading sires in his sons Newminster and Orlando.