Best known for his hunting and racing scenes, Thomas Blinks was amongst the most highly regarded painters of sporting dogs in the late nineteenth century. Blinks began drawing animals at the age of ten, and despite opposition from his father, pursued a career as an artist. In spite of his lack of formal training Blinks taught himself to paint through close observation at the horsemarket in Tattersalls. He first exhibited at the Dudley Gallery in 1881, the Royal Society of British Artists in 1882, and regularly at the Royal Academy from 1883-1910. The present lot shows a pointer and two setters, alert and on the scent.