Borzoi in art

Wilhelm Amandus Beer

Wilhelm Amandus Beer was a painter and professor who became famous for his multi-figured genre paintings, most of which were painted outside of Germany.  He was born August 9, 1837, in Frankfurt.  His tutelage in artistry began with his great-uncle Anton Radl, a German painter and engraver.  Beer continued his artistic endeavors in figurative painting as a student of Jakob Becker, and in history and fresco painting with Edward von Steinle at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt until 1852.  Beer traveled to Antwerp, Belgium and Paris, France to further his studies.  However, it was his trips to Russia that were of particular importance as they portrayed numerous portraits of the countryside and the folk life.  This earned him the nickname "Russen-Beer" During extended stays from 1867 to 1870 and 1877 in the Smolensk Governorate, especially on the estate of the painter Sergei Andrjewitsch von Baryschnikoff, Beer was intrigued with and studied the characteristics of the Russian country and its people.  The pictures of fairs (e.g. the painting Bear Guide at the Fair) became particularly popular.  In 1895 the artist, who had been living in Frankfurt since 1870, was appointed head of a master studio for painting at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut, and in 1899, he was appointed professor.  Kurt JÄCKEL, the graphic artist, was among his master students.  Beer also became a member of the Kronberg Painter Colony.  Wilhelm Amandus Beer died in Frankfurt, Germany, on January 19, 1907.  

Catching the wolf
Wolf sketch
Sketch of wolf taken alive
Taking the wolf alive




A killed fox
Hunter at rest
Hunter at rest.

The collection of Nikolai Sverchkov's work was  Supplied by Olga Zilberman. 

Nikolai Yegorovich Sverchkov

Nikolai was born in 1817 and died 1898.

His father was an Imperial groom and coachman. As a child, he worked with his father and began drawing animals.[1] Impressed with his work, his parents arranged for him to take lessons at the Imperial Academy of Arts with the battle painter, Alexander Sauerweid, from 1827 to 1829. Unable to keep up with the rigorous program there, he was transferred to the prestigious Saint Peter's School, where he studied from 1829 to 1833.[1] Upon graduating, he found employment with the Ministry of the Interior.

He painted in his free time and showed his works at the annual exhibitions of the Academy. In 1839, he was awarded the title of "Free Artist" and quit the civil service. During the 1840s, he visited several famous stud farms to paint scenes of the horses there. In 1850, these were published in book form by the Velten company in Karlsruhe.[2]

Following that, he visited Nikolai Nekrasov at his estate near Yaroslavl and created illustrations for some of his works.[2] In 1852, he was named an "Academician" for his popular troika paintings, and became a Professor in 1855.[1]

From 1856 to 1864, he lived abroad; first in Paris, where he exhibited at the Salon, then in London and Brussels.[2] In 1863, his painting of a bear hunt was purchased by Emperor Napoleon III.

Upon returning to Saint Petersburg in 1864, he was commissioned by Tsar Alexander II to paint a large canvas depicting the departure of Tsar Alexis I to inspect his troops in 1664. He would continue to receive orders from the Royal Court until 1882. Most of this work involved equestrian portraits of members of the Royal Family, but he also did battle scenes; especially from the Russo-Turkish War.[1]

He continued to exhibit frequently, participating in many international shows, including the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. In all, he produced 350 paintings and over a thousand drawings.[2]

Source: Wikipedia.

Olga Zilberman's collection

Olga Zilberman has supplied this article. The paintings are fantastic, a very talented artist!

VOROSHILOV Sergey Semenovich

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Sergey Semenovich Voroshilov


С. С. Ворошилов — автор жанровых картин, анималист, мастер сцен ружейной и псовой охоты.

Большинство работ художника посвящено лошадям. Работал коннозаводским портретистом, писал портреты лошадей. Создал ряд картин с купанием лошадей, мчащихся троек и др.

Один из немногих русских художников, целиком посвятивших своё творчество изображению охоты и лошадей.

В 1890-е годы создал серию картин, мастерски изображающих сцены охоты.

В начале 1900-х годов участвовал в Осенних выставках Академии художеств в Петербурге, а также в Нижнем Новгороде, Самаре, Иркутске. В

В начале XX века творчество С. С. Ворошилова было очень популярным. Репродукции работ художника печатались на страницах ведущих периодических изданий Российской империи: «Нива», «Искра», «Родина». Более 30 работ живописца в 1900-х — начале 1910-х годов были репродуцированы на почтовых карточках.

В настоящее время работы С. Ворошилова представлены в ряде государственных музейных собраний России и частных коллекциях. Произведения художника имеются во многих музеях России, в том числе в Государственном музее коневодства в Москве, Омском художественном музее, Тульском областном художественном музее, а также Чувашской, Тюменской и Самарской областных картинных галереях.


Moscow card 1993

                                                                                     Traditional Russian card from 1993


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Over the years I have received many Borzoi related cards from around the world, often lovingly made by Borzoi owners. Here is a sample of them: 


One of the series of cards designed by Carol Broxup of the Longuin Borzois for the Colhugh Kennels of Reg Bassett in the UK.



This card was made in Italy but sent from France during the 1914-1918 Great War. The message on the reverse is:-

"To Jean with fondest love from Daddy and many thanks for the beautiful card and cigarettes Moving messages.       Rouen 19.8.16"


Kay Sneath

From Kay Sneath of the Marakhoff Kennels, Australia




Reprint of an old postcard from Andre and Ria Droog "of Soegoi" Barsois, Holland




From the Datcha Kennels of Ingrid Knieschke (UK) who owned and campaigned Striking Midnight.


The 1999 Christmas card of Sue and Gary Peskett (Labinska) in the UK.


Mary Elizabeth Paddock's dog Dermerlay Danny Boy is featured on her 1991 card from a painting by her brother, Frank, ten years previously. Mary is now resident in France.