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Lionel Hamilton-Renwick
(1917 — 2003)

Lionel Hamilton-Renwick (1917-2003) was an equestrian artist who focussed on majestic purebred horses in natural scenes or on racetracks. His classical paintings have included subjects such as Prince Taj and Her Majesty’s Ascot horse Aureole. Hamilton-Renwick’s work was shown in Bond Street, and some pieces now reside in the Royal Collection. His work has been hung both in Buckingham Palace and at Sandringham.


Hamilton-Renwick grew up surrounded by animals, particularly dogs and horses. He was particularly influenced by his friend, British artist Alfred Munnings. Hamilton-Renwick attended Heatherley School of Fine Art in London before studying landscape painting in Epsom, where his skill of painting thoroughbred horses flourished.


His artistic process began with a sketch of the horse moving in its natural environment. Hamilton-Renwick then returned to his studio to complete the details and the background. He was also known for giving away sketches to his patrons free of charge. Hamilton-Renwick is known for his strong sense of colour and enchanting compositions. He was frequently commissioned by the Racing Fraternity, and occasionally depicted riders such as Dorian Williams and Lady Ampthill.


In addition to painting, Hamilton-Renwick bred and judged both dogs and horses. He judged at the Crufts Dog Show several times, was president of the British Spotted Pony Society, and was one of the first breeders to introduce Pharaoh Hounds in Britain.