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Hound Portraits - 'Three Beagles' - Hound portrait

Ann was commissioned to produce this hound portrait study of three favourite beagles 'Dunster', 'Warlock' and 'Fortune' for a presentation to the retiring master of the Stoke Hill beagles, Charles Jewett.
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Ann also supplied a set of limited edition prints for the hunt to sell to raise hunt funds, as well as cards for Charles' own use.

The Beagle is a breed of medium-sized dog. A member of the hound group, it is similar in appearance to the Foxhound but smaller, with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Although beagle-type dogs have existed for over 2,000 years, the modern breed was developed in Britain around the 1830s from several breeds, including the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and possibly the Harrier. Beagles were developed primarily for hunting hare. They were seen as ideal hunting companions for the elderly who could follow on horseback without exerting themselves, for young hunters who could keep up with them on ponies, and for the poorer hunters who could not afford to maintain a stable of good hunting horses. Before the advent of the fashion for foxhunting in the 19th century, hunting was an all day event where the enjoyment was derived from the chase rather than the kill. In this setting the tiny Beagle was well matched to the hare, as unlike Harriers they would not quickly finish the hunt, but because of their excellent scent-tracking skills and stamina they were almost guaranteed to eventually catch the hare. The Beagle packs would run closely together ("so close that they might be covered with a sheet which was useful in a long hunt, as it prevented stray dogs from obscuring the trail.


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