Peter Biegel was an artist who concentrated on animal painting, choosing to illustrate cats, dogs and birds. This aspect of his work was later overshadowed by his racing and hunting pictures. He had a talent for catching fleeting impressions and movements of animals, having mastered a technique of working at speed early in his career.
Biegel's studies at Lucy Kemp-Welch's School of art were interrupted by the outbreak of war and he left and joined the Wiltshire regiment. After being wounded, he met Lionel Edwards, a celebrated sporting artist. Edwards renewed his interest in art and persuaded him to study drawing at Bournmouth School of Art. Biegel later joined Edwards as his pupil.
In 1950 the Royal Academy exhibited his racing picture The Winter Game and he had a one-man show at Rowland Ward in Piccadilly, to be followed by others at the Tryon Gallery.