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Peter Biegel (1913-1989) - 1955 Graphite Drawing, Fall at the Hurdle



An original graphite sketch by the British artist Peter Biegel for a Moss Bros booklet. Beigel was, during his lifetime, regularly called 'the best painter of the horse today'. This particular study captures a dramatic fall during a horse race at Aintree. Drawn on wove laid to thick card. Inscribed.


Overall the condition is very good. With minor discolouration and foxing.


13.4 x 17.1cm (5.3" x 6.7")
Sheet: 16.6 x 18.1cm (6.5" x 7.1")

Collection Information

From a small collection of original pen and ink illustrations for a Moss Bros Booklet. The Covent Garden based tailors produced numerous booklets and pamphlets intended to be given away with the purchase of a new suit. Various titles include 'Correct Dress for Horse & Rider', 'Riding Clothes & Saddlery', 'Some Notes on the Chase', and 'A History of Hunting Costume'.

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Artist Biography

Peter Biegel was born in Hertfordshire to an Irish mother and Dutch father who had a love of horses and hunting. Peter had a pony as a boy and often rode to hounds. Upon leaving school he initially went into his father's family business as a steel broker in London, which was something he did not enjoy. In 1938 the business collapsed and with his small savings Peter Biegel became a student of that great equine artist Lucy Kemp-Welch. With the onset of war his art studies once again took a back seat until he was wounded in the leg and returned home. It was as a result of a chance meeting with another great painter of the horse , Lionel Edwards, on a train to a medical examination that had the greatest impact upon his life. He struck up a dialogue with him and showed him some of his paintings to which Edwards advised he take additional lessons which he did at Bournemouth School of Art and then with Edwards himself.In 1948 Peter Biegel left the apprenticeship with Edwards and married Theodora Kennett who would also become his manager and secretary.

In 1950 Peter Biegel had his first exhibition with the Rowland Ward Gallery and one painting 'The Winter Game' was accepted by the Royal Academy. The following year he had twenty of his paintings shown at the Festival of Britain Exhibition.

By the mid 1960's Peter had become the favourite of many trainers and owners particularly the Queen and Queen Mother. Many charities have benefited from outright gifts of his paintings and he only painted very few works after the late 1970's and sadly died in 1989.

His work is represented in many private and public collections including that of Her Majesty The Queen.

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Code ps242
Artist Peter Biegel (1913-1989)
Date 1955
Dimensions 13.4 x 17.1cm
Medium Graphite
Style Realism
Subject Sports
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