Eos by Sir Edwin Landseer, 1841 is a portrait of Prince Albert’s beloved greyhound. She accompanied the prince from Germany to Britain and he reported to his new bride on the character of his beloved hound: ‘You ask after…my faithful, but not disinterested Eos. She is very well, looks after herself as much as she … More Prince Albert’s First Love
This dark depiction of A Young Man with a Cat and a Dog has been attributed to Dossi Dossi (1486/7 – 1541/2). It has been suggested that the two animals symbolise the opposite sides of the young man’s character, and the intimate nature of the portrait could hint at it being a reflection of the artist himself. … More At it like cat and dog
The little known English portrait painter, John Bettes the Younger, (d.1616) is believed to have depicted Dorothy Bray, Baroness Chandos, in this portrait from 1579, incorrectly titled The Duchess of Chandos. Dorothy is seated with her hands clasped together, gazing into the viewer’s space. Her familial coat of arms sits to the right of her, clearly … More Dorothy’s Dog
This is the Florentine painter, Bronzino’s Portrait of a Lady in Red from 1533. It is thought to depict Francesca Salviati, and if this is true, it means this portrait displays the wealth and piety of the mother of the future Pope Leo XI. Salviati was the daughter to a wealthy Italian politician and related through … More Italian Spaniels
Jacques Callot (1592 – 1635) was a French print maker working mainly in France and Italy. His etching (above)of a bedraggled beggar and his dog capture the mood and poverty of 17th century central Europe. We can see that he is a beggar because of the alms cup he appears to be holding. The dog would … More Beggar’s Belief!
“Eleanor Beatrice Townsend (1870–1884) was the sixth of seven children born to John Joseph Townsend, a New York attorney and politician, and his wife, Catherine Rebecca Bronson Townsend, a friend of John Singer Sargent’s and the subject of her own portrait by the artist. Portraits of children are among Sargent’s earliest works and remain … More Beatrice’s Best Buddy
Here is Pompeo Batoni’s portrait of Sir Wyndham Knatchbull-Wyndham, 6th Baronet which was painted between 1758 and 1759, most likely while Knatchbull-Wyndham was on his Grand Tour (a rite of passage of European – mostly British- nobility, who would travel through the European mainland from Paris to Naples in search of the beginnings of Western civilisation, … More Wyndham Knatchbull-Wyndham’s Whippet
This intimate portrait of Princess Sophia Matilda of Gloucester was painted by Joshua Reynolds in 1774, when Sophia was just one year old. A picture so sickly sweet it would give you cavities of the eyeball, this image was probably painted to commemorate the little princess’ birth, and due to the princess’ fairly modest depiction, … More Princess Sophia’s Best Friend
This close up photo of a dappled grey greyhound is from a Spanish manuscript stating King James II of (various parts of) Spain’s law codes for Aragon at the end of the 13th century. The greyhound is extremely detailed for its size, with the artist noting the dog’s nostrils, eyelids and rib cage. Although stylised, … More A monk’s dog
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1881 painting, Margot, a Yorkshire terrier?
This “tin-glazed earthenware” tile was made in the Netherlands, probably between 1620 – 1640. It seems to depict a dog, a spaniel(?), running or jumping inside a yellow painted diamond shape, or lozenge. Although the creator of this tile will undoubtedly remain unknown, Dutch tiles were very common in middle class and upper class kitchens, to … More A Dutch Dog or Two
Above is a photograph of an illustrated page from Ptolemy’s Almagest, first written in 150CE, although this copy was clearly produced much later! It depicts the constellations of canis major and canis minor and apparently served as an astronomer’s and astrologist’s guide book. It was first translated in Latin in the 12th century (according the The … More Ptolemy’s Canis Major and Canis Minor