Philip Reinagle (1749-1833)
Sporting Dog circa. 1785-1790
Oil on Canvas, 60 x 76cm
A Study of a Sporting dog, probably an early breed of Pointer, in a landscape. Philip Reinagle was a member of a family of painters. He studied under Allan Ramsay (1713-1784) working mostly on portraits. Breaking away from this, Reinagle went on to become very successful in painting sporting dogs, birds and game. In 1787 he was elected an associate of the Royal Academy and in 1812 an Academician. He frequently exhibited at the British Institute.
In 1787 at the Royal Academy, he exhibited a landscape painting 'A view taken from Brackendale Hill, Norfolk' and from then on concentrated his efforts towards landscape.
Reinagle's best drawings for book illustration were those of dogs for William Taplin's Sportsman's cabinet (1803), which were engraved by John Scott.
NB: We are grateful to the Kennel Club for identifying the breed of dog depicted in this work and to Hugh Belsey (Senior Research Fellow, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London) for confirming the attribution based on photographs.
Works by Philip Ruinable are widely collected and can be found for example, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The National Gallery, London and The Tate Gallery, London.
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