The beauty of the mail horses (1840)

‘The Postman’ by John Frederick Herring I, dates from 1840 and depicts a letter carrier in a long dark coat and hat knocking at a door, with his white horse standing behind him in the snow. The Arab stallion was modelled on Herring's own horse Imaum, who was a gift to Queen Victoria from the Imaum of Muscat. The Queen gave the horse to the Clerk of the Royal Stables, who sold him at the auctioneers Tattersall’s, where Herring acquired it. Imaum appears in many of Herring’s later works.