John Vine of Colchester 1808/9 -1867
John Vine was an important provincial livestock artist.
The introduction of the railway together with his growing reputation as an animal painter meant he was able to travel all over the country to attend agricultural shows to attract clients.
Vine had to overcome considerable handicaps to become a successful artist.
He was born with very rudimentary arms and legs, and as a child it is thought he may have been exhibited as a curiosity in fairs around the country.
Born in Bury St. Edmunds, his family moved to Colchester where his father was a market gardener.
Despite his disability he married a Colchester girl and used a cape to disguise his deformity.
He was self- taught and executed charming portraits of animals.
His earliest dated work is of two terriers being 1834.
Vine’s patrons included ‘The Royal Agricultural Society’ Lord Weston & Lady Foley.