Breaking Cover by J.F. Herring Senior


Breaking Cover


J.F. Herring Senior

Ref GM2037
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 24" x 13" (60 x 33 cm)
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After moving to rural Kent in Southeast England, Herring lived as a country squire and began to broaden his subject matter and painted hunting scenes. Fox hunting is an activity involving the tracking, chase, and sometimes killing of a fox, traditionally a red fox, by trained foxhounds, and a group of unarmed followers led by a master of foxhounds, who follow the hounds on foot or on horseback. "Breaking Cover" is one engraving from a set of four, the set details various stages of a fox hunt. This engraving depicts the stage of a hunt when the fox has broken cover and emerged suddenly from a place of concealment and now the chase is on. The fox is not actually shown in the engraving but the huntsmen and hounds are on its trail. Hunting was at the social centre of life within the upper class that brought camaraderie to the British gentry. The riders are traditionally dressed in top hats and coats. The origin of the red hunt coat that everybody associates with hunting is not easy to pin down. The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894, gives the following explanation "The red coat in fox-hunting (or scarlet) is a badge of royal livery, hunting being ordained by Henry II. a royal sport. " This painting not only illustrates this lively sport, but also offers a view of 19th century English country side.