Tagsmart weekly discovery: Matthew Seed, The Horse Photographer

Matthew Seed is one of the leading practitioners in equine portraits. Combining his accomplished skills in photography with his love for horses, Seed has been commissioned by royals and celebrities across the globe to photograph a lasting and unique impression of the majesty of their horses. 

His work, which has been exhibited in the UK and abroad, has earned comparisons with those of renowned painters who have chosen to make the beauty of horses their principal theme, including George Stubbs and Théodore Géricault.

His expansive experience allows him to create exclusive pieces in the blink of an eye, using a pioneering and skilful mix of natural and artificial light, and without relying on post-production softwares. 


Included in his stunning series of works – which almost look like oil paintings –are horses used for work, racing, trekking, dressage, hunting and show jumping. And looking at his pictures it’s easy to see why, for horse lovers, Seed is top choice. 

World renowned as ‘The Horse Photographer’, his equine commissions demonstrate his recognised talent and artistry. Seed astonishes his customers by capturing the personality of their beloved animals perfectly on camera.

Belle Baruch paintings returned after 13 years

For 13 years the whereabouts of the paintings of Belle Baruch and her beloved horse, Souriant III, had remained unknown. The paintings had been stolen in 2003 from Belle’s house at the Hobcaw Barony Foundation, a 16,000-acre property, near Georgetown.

On April 29, Ivy Auctions of Laurens returned the Sir Alfred Munnings painting of Belle on her prized horse, Souriant, along with other missing artwork to the Hobcaw Barony Foundation. With a total value exceeding US$2 million, three Munnings paintings and several other pieces of valuable artwork, including a number of Havell Audubons reported stolen in 2003.