The first mention of the word “basset”, in referring to a breed of dog, comes from a French text of 1585 and includes a woodcut of a huntsman out on the hunt with his “badger dog”. It is thought that the friars of St Hubert were the key to the selective breeding of various hounds to produce a lower set, slower moving dog which could be followed on foot. The word “basset” is derived from the French adjective ‘bas’ and means “dwarf” or “low structure. The friars of St Hubert were also instrumental in the creation of the bloodhound, and this breed of dog is the only other one that has a more highly developed sense of smell than a basset.
Painted with a fairly restricted palette, I used Transparent Oxide Brown, Burnt Sienna and Yellow Ochre, with a touch of ultramarine for the white of his eye and shadows.