Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Greyhounds snoozing in the sun

A larger painting than usual - this one is 10"x8" - I felt the dogs needed the extra room to spread out. Apparently, greyhounds spend 18 hours a day sleeping or even more, given half a chance. In contrast to their sprinting performance: at maximum acceleration,they can reach full speed of 43mph within six strides of starting; the only other animal that can accelerate faster over a short distance is the cheetah, which can reach speeds of 68 mph over 3-4 strides from a standing start. No wonder they're sleeping. I feel tired just thinking about it.

Here's a nice painting I found when ferreting around looking for info about these elegant and gentle dogs:
Nine Greyhounds in a LandscapeJacques-Laurent Agasse (1767 - 1849) (Swiss, active in Britain (from 1800))

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