Peter Biegel (British, 1913-1989)
THE WHITE WAVE OVER FAIRFIELD, OLD DOMINION FOXHOUNDS, 1969
Oil on canvas, 20" x 30"
Signed, dated '69
Provenance: Sporting Gallery, Middleburg, Virginia In the winter of 1968, the "Fun Match of 1968" took place in the Old Dominion Hounds territory to provide, once again enlightenment over the age-old question as to which foxhounds were better at hunting the fox, English or American. The two packs were from the Old Dominion Hunt and the Hamilton Hunt of Ontario, Canada. The American hounds prevailed after three matches in some very trying conditions. William W. Brained was both MFH and Huntsman of his English pack, The White Wave. He imported hounds from The College Valley in the UK and the Heythrop. During that period, 1968-1976, the Old Dominion carded both packs of American and English hounds. Peter Biegel visited the East Coast frequently during that time and did the studies necessary of hounds and landscape for the record. Fairfield was the venue for this painting, and it is also known on Old Dominion Hunt fixtures as Marriott Ranch, a 4,200-acre holding purchased in the 1950s by J. W. Marriot in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.