Peter Biegel, (1913-1988)
Peter Biegel was born at Croxley Green on April 22, 1913 into an artistic family. One of his ancestors was Frederick Sang, a noted artist and architect in London in the 1850s. His family members were also horsemen, and his great-grandfather, an Irishman, was killed in a steeplechase at the age of twenty-one; his father was Dutch and was also a keen horseman, known as the 'Flying Dutchman' in the hunting field.
Art came naturally to Biegel from an early age. He was educated at Downside, and then went into his father's business in the city. After five years he decided to study art seriously and in 1938 became a student of Lucy Kemp-Welch at her school in Bushey. His studies were soon interrupted by the Second World War and he obtained a TA commission in the Wilshire Regiment. He was invalided back from Normandy in 1944, and when fit again was sent to Northern Ireland as a claims officer.
He then spent two terms at Bournemouth School of Art studying figure drawing, though was really most interested in sporting art, so a chance meeting with Lionel Edwards on a train was the most fortunate thing that could happen to him. He subsequently spent a year studying with Edwards at his studio near Salisbury and became his only pupil.
Biegel painted horse portraits, both racing and hunting, and also action pictures of both subjects. A number of his works have been reproduced as prints.