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John Ferneley, 1782–1860

Archery Meeting in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire

Oil on canvas
46 1/2 x 99 inches (118.1 x 251.5 cm)

Signed and dated lower left: "J Ferneley [?] 1850"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
archery | arrows | bows | carriage | carriages | children | costume | dogs (animals) | genre subject | horses (animals) | men | park (grounds) | sky | sporting art | target (sports equipment) | tents | wagons | women
Associated Places:
England | Europe | Leicestershire | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Archery was a fashionable pursuit for both men and women in early Victorian England, and the meeting depicted is probably that of a local club for enthusiasts. Bradgate House in Leicestershire was a ruin, and its surrounding parkland was open for such public recreations. Ferneley lived a few miles away at Melton Mowbray. He seems to have painted this work as a genre subject, without portraits of particular individuals and without a commission. He never sold it, and it was still in his possession at his death in 1860.

Malcolm Warner

Warner, Malcolm and John Baskett. The Paul Mellon Bequest: Treasures of a Lifetime. New Haven : Yale Center for British Art, 2001, p. 41

The Paul Mellon Bequest : Treasures of a Lifetime (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-02-17 - 2001-04-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Pursuit of Happiness - A View of Life in Georgian England (Yale Center for British Art, 1977-04-19 - 1977-09-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Painting in England 1700-1850, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon. , Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, p. 154 (v.1), no. 293, pl. 83, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA) [YCBA]

J. H. Plumb, The pursuit of happiness : a view of life in Georgian England : an exhibition selected from the Paul Mellon collection, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1977, pp. 67, 139, no. 171, N6766 Y34 1977 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Duncan Robinson, At home to sporting art : the Brick House, Essays of Friends of British Sporting Art, no. 33, The British Sporting Art Trust, Summer 1997, p. 6, N8250 .B751 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 41, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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