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Horse Portraits & Dog Portraits

Sporting art continues to be a popular English tradition. We have many clients who choose to have their dogs and horses painted or sculpted before they commission portraits of their family. Sporting artists tend to love their subjects and are extremely understanding to a clients particular wish for their canine and equine friends.

"I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can shew me in the world"
(In Sir John Hawkins, Life of Samuel Johnson 1787).

Prices range from £250 to £5,000. Horse portraits and dog portraits can be an ideal birthday or Christmas present as they can be more easily organised if it is a secret. With regard to sittings the artists need to take their own photographs in order to organise the direction of the light etc. Usually one sitting is enough.


  • What medium's right for you?
  • Firstly, what look are you trying to achieve?
  • Is this picture to hang with predecessors, ancestors, or the like?
  • Do you have a budget in mind?
  • Where is this picture going to hang?
  • How much space do you have?
  • Sometimes an artist whose style you admire may not be suited to painting under life size.

All these questions and more can be answered when you visit our commissioning gallery.


Avoiding common commissioning pitfalls

Is this painting for a particular date? A surprise?

Don't be tempted to choose an artist just because he/she can get the project completed in time. Always trust your instinct, if you don't find an artist whose style you really like don't embark on the project.

Have you seen enough of their recent work? Most important rule of all: don't choose an artist because you have heard of them. Many portraits linger in attics because people commission friends of friends to paint a child when they are really only confident at painting older people etc etc. The rules apply to all types of commissioning.