"The Frugal Meal" Original painting by John Frederick Herring, the celebrated English artist, hangs in the national Gallery in London. These horses with heads close together are shown eating from a rude manger. Two birds, uninvited but evidently welcome, are sharing their meal. The artist John Frederick Herring, was born in Surrey, England, in 1795 and died sin 1865. He was a painter of coaches and devoting his leisure to painting. He was called the "artist coachman," He was aided by friends to give up the reins and devote himself to painting. became very popular and received commissions from King George IV, Queen Victoria and the Duke of Orleans.