Original Painting Medium: Pastel
A few years ago, whilst living at Larmer Tree, Tollard Royal, I was commissioned by Mr William Gronow-Davis to paint two portraits of his handsome, elegant and gentle-natured whippet. This beautiful whippet 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 decided to paint him again for myself.
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 whippets 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 lovely and much appreciated commission.