Little is known about the life, early painting or formal training (if any) of British artist and animalier George Earl, patriarch of the Earl family. We do know that he was a well-known painter in his day, thanks to his natural and realistic depictions of sporting animals, and was himself an enthusiastic sportsman.
His brother and two children were also noted artists, Maud, George's daughter, remains the most famous.
His most important painting is The Field Trial Meeting a depiction of a fictitious field trial set in Bala, Wales. It is notable because it included likenesses of nearly all the most important sportsmen of the day with their favourite animals.
- A Setter on a Moor, oil on canvas, date indistinct
- The Field Trial Meeting, his most important work
- Champions of England, c. 1870s, a series of dog head studies, also very well known; the head studies were later published in a book of the same name.