A dog in profile
Philip Reinagle RA (1749 - 1833)
RA Collection: Art
A black and white chalk drawing of a dog in profile. The drawing of the head is detailed but the rest of the body is in sketchy outline. It is possible that this is also a study for a painting of dogs fighting. Reinagle painted at least one composition featuring fighting dogs. 'Fighting Terriers' was exhibited at the British Institution in 1811 and 'Fighting Dogs', possibly the same painting, featured in an 1987 auction at Christie's London. A drawing after this composition by Reinagle's grandson George Philip Reinagle is in the Royal Academy collection.
Philip Reinagle began his career as a portraitist having trained with Allan Ramsay. However, during the 1780s and 1790s he began to concentrate instead on landscape and animal painting. During the first decade of the 19th century Reinagle began to specialise in dog painting. This new interest was encouraged by his friendship with the eccentric Colonel Thomas Thornton (1751/2-1853), a keen huntsman and breeder of greyhounds who was also a collector of animal paintings. Reinagle established a reputation as a dog painter through his series of pictures of sporting dogs, which were engraved and published in William Taplin's The Sportsman's Cabinet , London 1803. At least one of the dogs represented in this publication was owned by Thornton.
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