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James Barenger 1780-1831

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A brood cock and hen, the property of Mr Kellerman

Oil painting on canvas 28 x 36 inches. Contained in its original giltwood and gesso frame. Framed size: 37 x 45 inches.

Signed lower left and dated 1813

Provenance: Painted for Mr Kellerman..........with Arthur Ackermann, 191 Regent Street, circa 1895; Sale, Christies London, 1992, lot 98, “The Property of a Lady” where bought by Arthur Ackermann & Sons for Michael Clarke Esq. of Elsenham Place, Essex, († 2011) from whose widow acquired by us.

Exhibited: Royal Academy 1813, number 2 in the catalogue.

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. He was initially 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, and he seems to have had a strong relationship with Mr. Tattersall at Hyde Park Corner, whence his paintings were sent to the Royal Academy from 1815 onwards. He enjoyed an exalted patrimony, including the Earl of Derby, the Marquess of Londonderry, and The Duke of Grafton.
He painted animal portraits, including another Portrait of a Favourite Greyhound for the Earl Talbot, the latter being exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1820. He exhibited some forty-eight paintings at the Academy between 1807 and 1831, the year of his death. He is buried in St. Pancras churchyard.
 


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