Hunting Hounds

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

Bassano’s Boys

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

We all need more images of dogs wearing capes in our lives

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

Persian Pup

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

Dorothy’s 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

Italian Spaniels

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

Beggar’s Belief!

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!

Beatrice’s Best Buddy

  “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

Wyndham Knatchbull-Wyndham’s Whippet

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