Philip Reinagle was primarily a landscape and animal painter, patriarch of a family of British artists which included two sons, two daughters and a grandson. Afterwards he was employed by the court painter Allan Ramsay and assisted him on portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte. He exhibited mostly portraits at the Royal Academy from 1773 until 1785, when he began exhibiting animal paintings, including the sporting scenes featuring dogs and birds for which he is well-known. From about 1805, he turned to landscape as his principal subject. He contributed 11 plates to Robert John Thornton’s The Temple of Flora and the drawings for William Taplin’s Sportsman’s Cabinet, a work on sporting dogs. His copies of landscapes and cattle paintings after Paulus Potter, Meindert Hobbema and Jacob van Ruisdael were often mistaken for originals.
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Redgrave, Samuel. A Dictionary of Artists of the English School: Painters, Sculptors, Architects, Engravers and Ornamentists. London: Longmans, Green, and Col., 1874. p. 334.