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Whippet Art

Whippet art for you to enjoy. Discover the great whippet and greyhound portraits of all times.

I gathered in this page a gallery of my favorite whippet and greyhound art.

The story of the whippet as a breed started only in 1890 when the Kennel Club officially recognized the breed but small hounds of silky coat have been prized hunting dogs and companions for many centuries before as the oldest of these pictures can testify.

But also contemporary artists are inspired by our beautiful dogs.

Enjoy our collection of whippet pictures!


Contemporary Whippet Art


A delightful painting by Whyn Lewis a prolific Scottish artist.



Here is a quality print by one of our favorite animal artists, Susan Crawford. This painter, like many hound lovers, is incurably in love with horses and her most famous works are actually horse portraits.

Susan Crawford grew up in Scotland were her parents trained racehorses. In these first formative years started a lifelong love for horses and animals that is reflected in her inspired paintings.



Whippet Art in the 19th and 20th Century


The Marchesa Luisa Casati was an Italian heiress, patroness of the arts and famous for her eccentricity.

This portrait was painted by Giovanni Boldini in early 20th century. It shows the Marchesa with her dog using a wonderfully flowing and fresh style.



Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) was an prominent and prolific impressionist painter who live most of her life in Paris. 



Whippet Spotting


Here I collected some pictures of whippets and greyhounds I found while visiting museums, galleries and monuments.

It is incredible how many hound images appear in frescoes, ceramics and paintings!

Some are antiques, some moderns but the typical sighthound silouette is always elegant and refined.




We found this wonderful painting by Paolo Uccello (1397-1475) at the Oxford Ashmolean Museum.

This small but perfect picture shows a night hunt, a vivid scene teeming with excited horses and hounds arranged in a flawless composition that reflects the artist’s obsessive interest in deciphering the laws of perspective.

The sheer aesthetic joy of watching this fascinating masterpiece, didn’t stop the keen hound lover in me and I noticed the hounds collars and leads.

The collars are of the wide type we still use for our whippets and the dogs are held at the leash in a simple and smart way that allows to release them quickly.

The hound master holds a leash in his hand. The rope goes through the hound collar and is neatly tied to his forearm.

When the hunter lets go of the rope in his hand the hound is quickly released. This simple system allows the hunter to hold and release his hound single handed.




Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755) the French artist famous for his portraits and animal paintings is the author of these portraits that we found at the Château de Fontainebleau. 



More Whippet Art


Fresco with whippets or greyhound
Picture od Italian greyhound or whippe
Whippet christmas art
Fresco with whippet or greyhoun
Creamic with hound and har

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