by William Sherlock
© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sawrey Gilpin, another cousin, was the younger brother of William Gilpin who we focused on a few weeks ago; famous for his “picturesque” art. His father operated an art school in Carlisle and at age 14 Sawrey was sent to London to study art under Samuel Scott for nine years in Covent Garden. But Sawrey was not interested in plants and flowers; he drew instead the horses he saw in and around the Garden.
Sawrey Gilpin was also an English painter, illustrator and etcher. He specialized in animals, specifically horses and sporting dogs. His work was so good that he was employed by the Duke of Cumberland,
Prince William Augustus, youngest son to George II King of England to paint portraits of his “celebrated” racing horses.
Mare and Stallion in a Landscape
He was born in 1744 and by 1774 he was president of the Incorporated Society of Artists. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1786 until his death in 1807. In 1797 Sawrey Gilpin was made a Royal Academician.
Landscapes were not the best thing he painted so there are several collaborations where other artists such as William Hodges, George Barret, and Philip Reinagle painted pastoral forests and Sawrey painted in the deer, horses or cattle.
Sawrey Gilpin, George Barret Senior Broodmares and Colts in a Landscape