40| John E. Ferneley Sr. (British, 1782-1860)
Lord Robert Grosvenor’S Hunters At Moor Park, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Oil on canvas, 42" x 57"
125000 - 150000
Signed and dated 'J. Ferneley Melton Mowbray 1853'Provenance:Lord Robert Grosvenor, Late Baron Ebury (1801-1893)Arthur Ackerman & Son, Ltd., London and New YorkSchaeffer collection, sale Parke-Bernet, New York, May 8, 1941, lot 55The late Mrs. Lydia B. Mann, U.S.A.Christie's, New York, Sporting Art, June 1, 2001, lot 42.The Grosvenor family were great patrons of the Turf whooften hunted with the Quorn and were enthusiastic supportersof John Ferneley Sr. over many years. Among his earliestcommissions from Lord Belgrave (later Earl Grosvenor and 1stMarquess of Westminster) were The Belvoir Hunt, 1827, andThe Cheshire Hunt, 1828 (both in the collection of the Dukeof Westminster), which show various members of the Grosvenorfamily. Grosvenor was a successful horse breeder, producinghorses such as Pantaloon and Satirist (both horses are featuredin lots 23 and 26, respectively).This Jacobean house at Moor Park, near Rickmansworth inHertfordshire, was rebuilt by the Venetian architect GiacomoLeoni circa 1720 for Benjamin Styles, a director of the SouthSea Company. After being owned by the naval hero Lord Ansonand the banker Sir Laurence Dundas in the eighteenth century,in 1828 it was bought by Robert, 2nd Earl Grosvenor, later 1stMarquess of Westminster (1767-1845).Register