Lurcher Original Art
Personalised prints for lurcher lovers
This print combines hand-drawn letters with illustration. Each one is individually hand-printed on my press in a smoky blue-grey ink, and signed.
Choose your print:
Unframed / No Mount - Worldwide Shipping
- Fits a standard 12" x 12" frame (or with a little trimming a 30 x 30 cm frame). A box style frame is best (with no mount) as it will keep the print away from the glass
- Ships with a backing board and cellophane wrapped
- Paper Size: 12" x 12"
Unframed With Mount - UK addresses only
- Fits a standard 40 x 40 cm frame
- Ships with an off-white, acid-free mount and conservation grade backing board in a cellophane bag
- Mount size: 40 x 40 cm
Framed - UK addresses only
- Hand-made, reclaimed solid wood vintage style frame with its own pattern of knots, dinks, scratches, nail holes, wonky edges and aged patina
- Hand-painted in Old White then lightly distressed and finished with clear wax
- No mount (print is recessed from the glass)
- Frame is approximately 35 cms square. Fitted with crystal clear acrylic ‘glass’ and ready to hang
Personalise your print
You can personalise your Dog Tag print with a hand written dedication (up to 10 words).
This is written in pencil, below the dog tag image and above the signature (like the example in the picture for Benson the Labrador).
Choose this option and enter your own words at the checkout, if required.
A Lurcher is a cross between a Sighthound and a Non-Sighthound (often a herding/pastoral breed, like a collie) to produce an athletic hunting dog.
In England, in the Middle Ages, only the nobility could own pure bred dogs. After the conquest in 1066, the Normans passed laws preventing commoners from owning purebred greyhounds and Forest Law protected huge swathes of forest for Royalty and the King to hunt. By the late 12th century almost one third of southern England was Royal Forest.
Accidental crossbreeds of these nobility owned sighthounds were snapped up by the commoners (peasants and gypsies) as stealth poaching dogs, who hunted by scent and sight to put meat for the cooking pot on the table. Rabbit and hares were the usual quarry and hunting usually took place at night.
These dogs were the perfect combination of intelligence, speed, agility, hardiness, temperament & trainability. It was essential that the purebred Greyhound hunting instinct was tempered so that the dogs could be stopped from chasing prey if someone was watching. The penalty for detection was death, so dogs had to be loyal, trainable and live out of sight in the family dwelling
The name Lurcher is thought to come from the ancient Romany word "lur" which means thief and "cur" meaning a mixed breed dog. Over the centuries it became one word - Lurcher.