Dog Portraits and Animal Portraits by Ann Seward
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Dog Portraits - English Pointer - dog portrait

This dog portrait was commissioned as a sixtieth birthday present, to hang alongside others previously portrayed by Ann.
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This portrait of an English Pointer Gypsy was commissioned as a sixtieth birthday present, to hang alongside others previously portrayed by Ann. Ann has projected the soft, loyal and loving nature into the portrait whilst the pencil remarques depict her two friends, one her second cousin and the other a terrier with party tricks.

 

English Pointers have a lithe, athletic frame. Their whole appearance is one of graceful curves. English Pointers are muscular dogs, covering the ground smoothly and at good speed, with a driving hind action. Their coats are perfectly smooth, straight and short with a tremendous sheen. They carry their heads nobly and proudly. Their most distinguishing features are the slight concavity on top of their muzzles which gives their noses a tip-tilted appearance and the typical pointer stance with tail and foreleg raised and head extended towards the quarry.

English Pointers were bred to work with hunters. In the past they were sometimes used in combination with a retriever, to point out the game for the hunter. English Pointers were also used as falconer's dogs. As early as the 17th century, sportsmen used English Pointers to locate hares and then Greyhounds to chase them.

 

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