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

A monk’s dog

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

Solomon’s Dog

Solomon ben Isaac, Pentateuch with Targum Onkelos and Rashi’s commentary (ff. 1-272), Five Scrolls (Hamesh megillot; ff. 273-311v) and Haftarot(ff. 312-381) with Rashi’s commentary (detail) France; 14th century. See link for more details:  ( This manuscript extract, from the British Library,  is written in Hebrew (?) and dates from the 1300s in France. I don’t … More Solomon’s Dog

The Arnolfini’s dog

  Jan van Eyck (1390 – 1441) painted this work, The Arnolfini Portrait, (1434). “This work is a portrait of Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife, but is not intended as a record of their wedding. His wife is not pregnant, as is often thought, but holding up her full-skirted dress in the contemporary fashion. Arnolfini … More The Arnolfini’s dog