Race Horse (II of II)
Oil on canvas, signed
21 x 29.5 inches canvas size
26 x 34.5 inches framed size
ARTIST BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS
James Barenger was the son of the like-named painter of entomological subjects, James Barenger Snr. (1745-1813) and his wife Sarah, daughter of William Woollett the engraver. He was also related to Pouncey the engraver, and John Wootton was an ancestor. In the circumstances, it was perhaps inevitable that he should have chosen the career of Sporting Painter. Barenger was versatile in his range of subjects, painting racehorses, deer and dogs as well as sporting scenes, in a more artistic setting than is usual. He was presumably trained by his father, whose studio was in Kentish Town London, where Barenger Jr. was born on Christmas Day 1780.
Barenger's subjects were all of a sporting nature, he was a sportsman himself and bred pointers. Barenger seems to have had a strong relationship with Mr. Tattersall at Hyde Park Corner, hence his paintings were sent to the Royal Academy from 1807 onwards. He enjoyed an exalted patrimony, including the Earl of Derby, the Marquess of Londonderry, and The Duke of Grafton. The details in his paintings were always accurate and his first exhibits at the Royal Academy in 1807 were ‘Sheep from Nature’ and ‘A Famous Setter’. He painted animal portraits, including 'Portrait of a Favourite Greyhound' for the Earl Talbot, the latter being exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1820. His ‘Lord Derby’s Staghounds’ of 1819 in the Mellon Collection is considered the best of his hunting scenes.
During his lifetime, Barenger exhibited forty-eight works at the Royal Academy and eight at the British Institute.