(Ferargil Galleries, New York). William R. Timken [1866-1949], New York, as by John Frederick Herring, Sr.; by inheritance to his widow, Lillian Guyer Timken [1881-1959], New York; bequest 1960 to NGA.
The medium-weight canvas is tightly plain woven; it is unlined and remains attached to its original stretcher. The ground is white, thinly applied. The painting is executed in thin, semitransparent layers in the spandrels outside the tondo, more thickly and opaquely in the picture itself, with low impasto in the highlights. The canvas is dessicated and brittle, and has been damaged by two tears, one in the region of the nostrils of the horse on the left, which has been crudely repaired with wax or putty, and one in the cheek of the horse nearest on the right, which is unrepaired. The paint surface has been abraded throughout. The moderately thick natural resin varnish has discolored yellow to a significant degree.
- European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 200.
- Hayes, John. British Paintings of the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 115-116, repro. 115.