John E. Ferneley, Sr.(British, 1782-1860)
Early talent being recognized, Ferneley was both apprentice and friend to Benjamin Marshall, learning his lessons well. In 1809, he married an Irish woman and moved to Melton Mowbray where he painted successfully for the rest of his life. He was acclaimed by the gentry and provided them with beautiful, elegant pictures of their best hunters and hounds. Prolific until his death at age 78, he left a complete record of his work.