John Frederick Herring Jnr was born in Doncaster, England, 1815. He was the son of well-known 19th century artist, John F. Herring, Sr., who was patronized by the English aristocracy for his famous Sporting and Equestrian paintings. Due to Herring, Sr.’s popularity among the nobles, Herring, Jr. was exposed to fine painting and wealthy patrons early on in his career. Herring, Sr. felt threatened by his son’s ability and growing popularity, incorporated ‘SR’ at the end of his signature in order to differentiate their works after 1836.
Although Herring, Jr. assisted his father, he was keen to make his own way as an artist. He continued to paint sporting animal pictures in his father’s tradition, but as his artistic prowess developed, he was able to distinguish himself with looser brushwork and wider composition view.
Herring married Kate Rolf, an artist herself and the daughter of Alexander Rolfe, who was also a famous English angling and sporting artist. The father and son in-law often collaborated in each other’s works. Herring exhibited at many of the major exhibition halls, including the Royal Academy.