Ch Ivan Turgeneff owned by The Duchess of Newcastle


Lady In Red Coat

This lovely piece of artwork was done by Oscar Coppron.  It was actually made into a Christmas card which made for some delightful card giving.

Oilpainting on canvas 50x44 cm

Head study


Fatima advertisement

Though we don't encourage cigarette smoking, this Fatima Turkish cigarette advertisement is too nice to ignore.  

Monte Dolack print

Monte Dolack -born in 1950- is a contemporary artist born in Great Falls, Montana and living in Missoula, Montana [USA] who works in many mediums.  His work is highly collectible and sought after.  "The Borzoi" print was commissioned by Barbara Bouray of Yah-Borick Borzoi, then located in Montana.  It is a poster with a limited number of copies and features one of Barbara's own Borzoi. A truly magical painting with a wonderful backdrop.

Arthur Wardle 'Our Dogs'

An illustration penned by Arthur Wardle for "Our Dogs" book, 'Show Dogs, Their Points Snd Characteristics', by Theo Marples, 5th edition.

Illustration from Joseph B. Thomas book "Observations on Borzoi"
Cossack with Borzois

"Cossack with Borzois", painted by Frederico Olaria. Born in Valencia in 1849, Frederico Olaria was a master of animal and still lifes.  He died in Paris in 1898.

John McLeod Painting
British Painter John McLeod's "Borzoi"



Edwin Landseer is considered one of the worlds finest painters of animals, especially dogs. He is also famous for having a dog breed named after him. Landseers (black/white Newfoundlands).

emily peel
Lady Emily Peel with her two Borzois, Udaloi and Yasva presented to her by The Tzar of Russia in 1856
Rewards after hunting at the veranda


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.

















































































Pobedim II (Kareiev) Grand Silver Medal


Nagradka (Tchertkow) Grand Silver Medal






















Vichra (Grotten) Grand Silver Medal






Zlorad (Cherkasy)































Khan (Perchino) Grand Silver Medal






















Roksana (Perchino) Grand Silver Medal
Ougar & Krilat (Perchino) Grand Silver Medal






















Slodeika (Kareiev) Grand Silver Medal)












































Ougar (Tchertkow) Grand Silver Medal






















Yasva (Matchevarianow) Grand Silver Medal)




















Charadei (Tchertkow) Grand Silver Medal



Schutka(Kozlow) Grand Silver Medal






















Chistchni (Tolstoj) Grand Silver Medal)








Udav (Gagarin) Grand Silver Medal














Lebedka (Semenow) Grand Silver Medal























































From History of dogs in photos:

Quote:'The 1880 s Borzy from the hunting flock of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich. Artist - Frenz R.F. (1831-1918), Russian Empire'

Nikolai Semenovich Samokish
Perhaps because of the breed’s connection with one of the most autocratic and art loving Royal households, there are some wonderful pictures of Borzois. One such picture is the subject of this week’s column. Painted by Nikolai Semenovich Samokish (1860-1944), it is titled ‘The Hunting Party with Tsar Alexander III and Tsarina Maria Fedorovna’.
Fox hunting with Borzois and without guns is a typical Russian type of hunting. It usually took place in early October, which can be clearly seen in the autumn landscape. The Tsar and Tsarina are accompanied by the master of the hunt, Tschertkov Grigori, on the chestnut horse. They seem decidedly indifferent to the ‘kill’ that is being presented to them and far more interested in posing for their picture! To the right of the picture the traditional hunters breakfast is being prepared.
In the picture the Tsar, who was an avid hunter, is wearing the uniform of the bodyguard of the Izmailovsky Regiment. He did not like the presence of women during the chase and made an exception only of his wife, who was also an avid hunter.
Favourite hunting areas for the Tsar included the vicinity of Gatchina just south of St Petersburg, Bailowiez and the area around Lowicz where this picture was probably painted. The Imperial Kennels were situated on the Tsar’s hunting estate at Gatchina and were avidly carried on by his son, Tsar Nicholas II, but the quality of hounds from the royal kennel was never regarded as outstanding. The kennel was run by Prince Boris Galitzin.
The best hounds in Russia in the 19th century were owned by Nicholas’ cousin, Grand Duke Nicholai Nikolaievitch Romanov in Perchino, Tula, just south of Moscow. It was from this kennel that the American millionaire, Joseph Thomas, bought some very good hounds to help establish the breed in America. In 1892 the Grand Duke sent a big group of his hounds over to Crufts, a number of which were bred in the Imperial Kennel of the Tsar. At that time it was common practise to give a selling price in the catalogue but all those bred by the Tsar were not for sale.
Each large estate in Russia had its own kennel until 1861 when the serfs were freed from what was really slavery. Many estates went bankrupt with the new concept of paying the labour force, and the serfs were also allowed to buy land for the first time. It has been said that a lot of sons sold their father’s estates to fund a life of women and wine in the big cities and as each estate was disbanded, so too were the Borzoi kennels.
Somokish painted the picture of the Tsar and his wife in 1886 during the months after finishing at art school with a gold medal and before entering the studio of Édouard Detaille, the Paris based academic and military artist. It is being sold by Dorotheum in Vienna in their sale of 19th century paintings on the April 17 with expectation of between 150,000 and 200,000 euros and has come to auction from a private collector in Germany.

                                                          A peaceful moment between friends.

William Merrit Chase


To add here is that the paintings name is misleading. Ch Velsk was born after the painting was done, so obviously it cant be him. Insteadit has been established that the Borzoi in the painting is of Ivan II (also owned by the Duchess of Newcastle).

More on the painting

Also Andrus Kozlov has wrote on this subject; "This dog is not in any way the Champion Velsk. The painting is dated 1890, but Velsk was born in 1895. In addition, Velsk did not have such a spot on the right side.
In 1890 Duchess of Newcastle had only two adult borzois (Ivan II, import from France and the bitch Spain). I think on the picture it's Ivan II.
The Duchess of Newcastles first Borzoi, Spain, with puppies sired by IvanII Painting by Frank Watkins


 Carl Reicherts "Persian Greyhounds" shows unmiskable signs of being Russian Greyhounds, Borzois.




the kill
Champions Nagrajdai, Oudar, Golub and Oooslad, 1892



Otto Eerelman was a Dutch painter best known for his realistic paintings of dogs and horses. He was born March 23, 1839 and died October 3, 1926.

Ch Velsk and White Tzar. Painting by John Emms 1843-1912



Drawing from the book "A history and description of the modern dogs of Great Britain and Ireland"


Varvar was born in 1895, exhibited in Moscow in 1897 (small silver medal). This drawing by artist G.K.von Meyer. This painting (the original) is in the art museum of the city Tula2


Louis IcartLouis ICART (1888 - 1950)

A French engraver, illustrator, draughtsman and painter, Louis Icart was one of the major artists of the period after the First World War called "The Roaring Twenties" ...  Its exclusive theme, with rare exceptions, was the woman, elegant, often modern (short hair, makeup, high heels), sometimes languid, sometimes pixie or lascivious.

The BORZOI often accompanied the representations of elegant Parisians. The two paintings that most of us know are "Joy of life" or "zest," but there were many more as evidenced below.





Born in Toulouse in 1888, Louis Icart showed a great talent when very young.. He was soon introduced in the circles of the illustration for the fashion press, and began his career in a studio that produced erotic postcards. He then designed original works for fashion magazines and newspapers. His portraits of "parisiennes" quickly captivated the public and he became one of the most popular artists of his time.

During the First World War he was an airplane pilot and participated in several missions; however, he never stopped drawing even during this time.

Joy of life

In 1920 he exhibited in Paris, and then set out to exhibit his paintings at a New York gallery in 1922. As a result of this, Louis Icart enjoyed a certain success in America until the early 1930s.

After his death in Paris in 1950, his work fell into oblivion. However, there was a resurgence of interest in the 1970s, when some of his first paintings were found in the attic of an art school in Paris! This interest is still going on to this day.

Louis Icart was one of the artistic authorities of his time and his work is associated with the Art Deco style. A prolific artist, his work was plentiful and done as etchings, prints, charcoals, pencils, watercolours, pastels, lithographs, oils on canvas and more.. He was an exceptional painter and considered a master in the art of engraving. His portrayal of women, often accompanied by dogs, cats, horses or birds, always gives a graceful, seductive or daring image.

Dessins L. IcartPeintures L. Icart


Korotai, Pylai and Zeneitra by Maud Earl

(The painting was for a while in Gloria Reese's Collection)

Perchino Borzois; painting by George von Meyer


Maud Earl

From left Vitim born 1903, Ch. Vassal born 1899, and Ch. Ivan Turgeneff born 1902, all owned by the Duchess of Newcastle."

A Borzoi

A Borzoi  1908 by
Frances C. Fairman
 (British, 1836–1923) 

                                                  Ch Miss Piostri

Ch Ramsden Rajah painted by Edward Aistrop  Major Bormans article on early history of English Borzois






Edwin Megargee (1883-1958) was an American painter, who became most famous for his Greyhound, that became logo for Greyhound Bus Co.


carl link


1925 Life magazine cover

                                            July 14, 1925 Life magazine cover, entitled "The Stowaway".








Portrait of Mrs Robinson with three borzoi, 1928, Mythe Borzois

Painting by Elisabeth Fry


"Brown & Bigelow"

Three Borzois (Ballerina Bruziloff & Braznik of Bransgore), Artist Arthur Wardle (British, 1864–1949)colored chalk




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I am publishing these articles in The Borzoi Encyclopedia to encourage better understanding of the function of the Borzoi and its development as a breed. They are for all to enjoy reading but no part of my contributions to The Borzoi Encyclopedia may be copied, downloaded, printed or used in any way without my prior express written consent.

With grateful thanks to Andrus Kozlov for his contribution. 

Known primarily for her paintings of cats and kittens this French born artist would sign her works "Yo Laur" as shown below:

Marie Yvonne Laur (1879-1943)






At borzoi hunting test
A borzoi hunting scene

Oilpainting on canvas 92x77 cm.

Mona Niklasson
Painting by Mona Niklasson
John Brien
John P Brien





"Russian Girls" by Artist Vivian Moody. Oil on Canvas (2006) Gift of Hutchinson Kennel Club to The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in Memory of Asa Mays, D.V.M. Sold at Auction April 23, 2019.

"Russian Girls" by Artist Vivian Moody. Oil on Canvas (2006) Gift of Hutchinson Kennel Club to The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in Memory of Asa Mays, D.V.M. Sold at Auction April 23, 2019.


Ca Frosco Cinnamon, "Zandor"

 He was bred in Italy by Elena Bertolini and owned in Sweden by Margareta Syren and Cecilia Häggström. His life was ended in the most terrible way. On an evening walk in the streets in Stockholm a brick from a house wall came loose, fell and hit Zandor on his head. He died immediately...

We have by kindness of Cecilia Häggström been given the opportunity to publish some of her paintings. Cecilia is not only a very talented painter but also the succesful breeder behind the "Velikij" kennel.