The Devon and Somerset Staghounds

by Peter Biegel (1913 - 1987)

Signed lower left and inscribed and signed on the stretcher.

Not only did art came naturally to Peter Biegel, his grandfather was a noted artist and architect in London, he was also born into a family of keen horsemen, his father, who was Dutch was fondly known as the “Flying Dutchman” in the hunting field.

Peter Biegel was considered by many to be one of the finest sporting artists of his generation. After initial education at Downside and then five years in his father’s business in the city in 1938 Biegel became a pupil of Lucy Kemp-Welch at her school of animal painting in Bushey. His studies were soon interrupted with the outbreak of the second world war and he obtained a TA commission in the Wiltshire regiment until he was invalided in Normandy in 1944.

After a spell in Northern Ireland as a claims officer Biegel returned to his art studies but this time at Bournemouth School of Art where he learnt figure drawing. Always an admirer of the great sporting artist Lionel Edwards, Biegel’s great breakthrough came after a chance meeting with Edwards on a train and he subsequently became Edwards’ only pupil studying with him at his studio near Salisbury.

Peter Biegel’s works are found in houses and museums all over the country. He followed racing very closely and was said to be the late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen mother’s favourite racing artist. Several of his works have been reproduced as prints and cards.

The Devon and Somerset Staghounds

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20th Century

Oil on canvas

15 x 19 1/2 inches

Private Collection, USA
Private Collection, UK