This beautiful illumination comes from the Livre de chasse, which was authored by Gaston III, Count of Foix between 1387 to 1389 and dedicated to Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. The book is in four parts, ‘On Gentle and Wild Beasts’, ‘On the Nature and Care of Dogs’, ‘On Instructions for Hunting with Dogs’, ‘On … More Hunting Hounds
Jacopo Bassano (ca.1510 – 1592) was an Italian painter from Venice who is known for depicting of Biblical scenes in a domestic atmosphere, with some art historians suggesting he was the forerunner of Caravaggio who was famous, or rather infamous, for his portrayals of ‘ordinary’ people, beggars, prostitutes, and the poor in his altar pieces. … More Bassano’s Boys
Apologies for the hiatus- the MA is taking up a lot of my time but I shall endeavour to be more active on here in future!
Print of ‘a little dog dressed in a pointed cap and a frilled cloak, standing to the right’ by George Cruikshank (1792 – 1878). (Museum no. 1978,U.3381). The artist’s signature can be seen in the bottom right hand corner of this print which was produced in the mid 1850s, and it certainly leaves many questions … More We all need more images of dogs wearing capes in our lives
Farrukh Beg (c.1545 – 1615) was an Iranian painter at the court of Mirza Muhammad Hakim. The above painting, titled Nobleman with a Dog, is thought to be by a student of Beg’s, perhaps Muhammad Ali, but more is known of Farrukh Beg’s life and I am aware of the dearth of Middle Eastern art on … More Persian Pup
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