This Devonshire Hunting Tapestry, made in the Netherlands about 1440, illustrates a deer hunt.
|The dogs look like sighthounds, maybe Greyhounds?|
From a piece commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, the scene below features the young emperor deer hunting. The German piece dates to 1515.
|Three breeds are involved - two sighthounds, and maybe a spaniel, along with a scenthound.|
|The scenthound looks like a baying dog,|
perhaps the predecessor to the Bloodhound.
Woven as early as 1370, this Italian silk brocade tapestry features a stylized dog interacting with a raptor. Before the invention of the firearm, hunters used dogs and falcon to hunt game.
From a set of five prints representing the five senses, the etching below was probably used as a draft for a tapestry at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire, England. The figure is engaged in an activity relating to the sense she portrays. She is smelling a rose, and the dog is sniffing the ground.
|Maybe a Foxhound or Beagle?|
|The dog looks like a miniature spaniel.|
The Unicorn Tapestries are considered the best surviving set of medieval tapestries in the world. Seven pieces tell the story of a unicorn hunt.
This is a detail. Read a good post about the Stirling Tapestries
|These must be Unicorn Hounds, apparently now extinct.|
|Panel from the Oxburg Hangings, around 1570|
The tapestries in this post are from the Victoria and Albert Museum collection.