Irish Deerhound by Herbert Dicksee


Irish Deerhound


Herbert Dicksee

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Herbert Dicksee painted many views of this particular breed and, although they have often been described as Irish Wolfhounds, this picture, and other similar paintings, actually feature deerhounds. It is possible, of course, that dealers sold the paintings and subsequent engravings as Irish Wolfhounds because there were more wolfhound owners in circulation and they could charge a higher price! Many of Dicksee’s paintings are based on his own deerhound, Sir Brian, who was exhibited at Crufts in 1892. Although he painted the breed throughout his life, there are actually notable similarities between Dicksee’s deerhound paintings of the 1890s and those of the 1920s. Sir Brian was born in 1889 and obviously long dead by the time of the latter portraits, but his spirit obviously lived on. The full title for this painting is Oh for the Touch of a Vanished Hand and it dates from 1893. The dog can be shown to be a deerhound, and thus probably Sir Brian in the prime of life, as the result of an article in the Kennel Gazette of that year referring to the picture in the context of a longer piece on deerhounds as a breed.