For the very first time all but two of Leicestershire County Council Museum Service’s paintings by John Ferneley have been brought together for a major exhibition of the artist’s work at Melton Carnegie Museum.
The exhibition, which runs until December 14, focuses on the animal paintings in the collection and two images of the artist at work in his studio.
Born in Thrussington in 1782, John Ferneley had an active and prolific career lasting almost 50 years. During this time Ferneley exhibited works at the Royal Academy in London.
The artist built himself a home and studio in 1811, known as Elgin Lodge, in Scalford Road. He had a downstairs studio and a painting room upstairs where he would receive guests.
This studio scene was captured on canvas in 1866 by his artist son, Claude Lorraine Ferneley, whose painting ‘John Ferneley in his Studio at Melton Mowbray’, has been kindly lent to the museum for this exhibition by the British Sporting Art Trust.
An active follower of the hunt himself, Ferneley is perhaps best known for his panoramic scenes of the hunt in full cry across the landscape.
The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am–4.30pm and admission is free.