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Edward Benjamin  Herberte
British, (1857-1893)

Over the Brook
Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1887
16.5 inches x 20.5 inches

Edward Benjamin Herberte was believed to have been born in Warkwickshire in 1857. He was a sporting and horse painter who also painted hunting scenes. He painted a number of scenes of the North Warkwickshire Hunt, several of which are of Kenilworth. During the mid-19th century, the introduction of improved saddles enabled women to ride across country and over fences more securely and he was one of the first artists to depict this. In addition to his sporting scenes, he also painted a number of coaching scenes such as this fine example. The Tally Ho London to Birmingham stage coach would leave The Saracen’s Head inn on Snow Hill in Holborn at 7.45 am, and arrive at the Swan Hotel in Birmingham eleven hours later. At the time it was considered to be the fastest in England. The George in the Tree Hotel in Balsall Common, Berkswell was one of the last stages of the Tally Ho before Birmingham and still exists as a hotel and public house today. Works are held by the National Trust, Lanhydrock and the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester.

Price £3,950

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