Whippet Original Art


Original Painting Medium: Pastel

The whippet was developed at the end of the nineteenth century through crossings among the greyhound, the Italian greyhound and the terrier. Its name derives from the expression 'whip it', meaning to move quickly. The whippet's personality is described as happy, affectionate, dignified, intelligent and docile. Due to its excellent character the whippet is a good companion dog as well as an attentive watchdog.

A few years ago, whilst living at Larmer Tree, Tollard Royal, I was asked to paint two portraits of this handsome, elegant and gentle natured whippet. He was a such a gentle boy, a pleasure to portray and a super introduction to this lovely breed. After I had completed the two portraits, I so missed not seeing his portraits on my wall that I decided to paint him again for myself.