Born in Upton Bishop, near Ross-on-Wye, and educated at Rossall School in Lancashire, Michael Lyne is considered one of the leading British sporting artists of the twentieth century. His career combined his passion for outdoor pursuits and artistic talent. He enrolled at Cheltenham College of Art in 1932 and held his first public exhibition in the town in 1934. By 1937 he had gathered commissions to paint local hunting scenes and soon after he held his first exhibition in London.
A passionate huntsman, Lyne started his own pack with a beagle given to him by his friend Captain 'Ronnie' Wallace, Master of the Eton Beagles. In 1949 Frederick Warburg invited Lyne to the USA to paint several leading East Coast foxhound packs. He returned regularly to complete commissions, and also painted packs in Ireland and France.
Lyne enjoyed steeplechasing and point-to-points, and made regular trips to Aintree for the Grand National. He was a steward for the National Coursing Club and made stalking and coursing trips to Scotland with his salukis.