Whippets have a wonderful history that is thought to date from ancient civilisations, who depicted whippet like dogs in their art on temple walls and pottery. The name Whippet is thought to derive from the old English terms ‘whippen’ meaning ’to whip’ which can also mean ’to move smartly or quickly’.
They, of course, are renowned for their speed which led to their popularity amongst the British working class as racing dogs. Races took place in fields or on town roads and were a great day out for the whole family. Whippet racing was taken very seriously as a good dog could add a significant amount in winnings to a weekly wage. A good racing whippet was a cherished addition to the family and were fed with the choicest available meat, even if the family had to ‘go without’.
Whippets were the perfect poacher’s companion due to their skill at catching rabbits, yet being small enough to hide under a coat.
Printed by hand on my press in a deep smoky blue grey ink, each one is individually signed.
Paper Size 305 x 305mm
Image Size 190 x 240mm
This listing is for an unframed print. Prints fit nicely into the Ikea Ribba 52cm square frame with 29cm square mount (included) or framed prints are available from my website at www.theenlightenedhound.com.
These prints combine hand drawn lettering with illustration. I was inspired to tell the story of different dog breeds using a dog tag design. I am fascinated by the history and unique characteristics that define particular breeds and I wanted to celebrate that uniqueness by creating dog breed specific prints.
The dog tag idea came from thoughts about the plight of dogs in rescue centres and shelters. I imagined that they might be wearing a dog tag that helped prospective owners find out more about the dog in the hope that they might be rescued and given a ‘forever home’. There’s a bit of the children’s character Paddington Bear in this project too - the lost bear with a luggage label attached - entreating its finder to 'look after this bear'.
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