Dogs are popularly seen by humans as man’s best friend and no wonder then that they have been a popular subject for art throughout the ages. They have have been used to convey symbolism and meaning, from loyalty and dedication to strength and watchfulness. From Roman mosaics and pottery, the earliest depictions moved onto hunting scenes in Renaissance murals or medieval books of hours. Dog lovers are very passionate about their pets and many paintings of the 19th and 20th Century may represent specific portraits or favoured breeds.
Dutch School, c.1648 SPANIELS AND POINTER IN A LANDSCAPE *detail
Thomas William Earl (1815-1885) BASKET OF ROSES *detail
Marjan Wouda (Dutch, contemporary) RUNNING DOGS
D Tucker (20th century) STUDY OF A LURCHER *detail
William Lucas Lucas, 19th/20th century INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION BARRINGTON BRIDEGROOM *detail
After Jules-Edmond Masson (French, 1871-1932) A PAIR OF GREYHOUNDS
John Trickett (b.1952) JACK RUSSELL *detail
Louis Eugène Lambert (French, 1825-1900) PORTRAIT OF A TERRIER *detail
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Great prices were achieved in the fourth installment of our annual Sporting Art Wildlife and Dogs sales on Wednesday 2 June. Strong bidding was seen across all sections of the sale and topped by two large unframed canvases of the hunt ‘in full cry’ by John Nost Sartorius (1759-1828).
Our auction of Sporting Art, Wildlife and Dogs on Wednesday 2 June offers a number of captivating works by Irish artist Peter Deighan who is widely considered as one of the country’s finest Portrait and Sporting Painters.
Following Covid's cancellation of the Festival in 2020, the charming Georgian market town of Holt in Norfolk is delighted to be resuming its role as host of East Anglia’s celebration of creativity, Holt Festival, this summer, and Sworders couldn't be prouder to be sponsoring not one, but two art prizes this year.