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
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!
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
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1881 painting, Margot, a Yorkshire terrier?
Izumiya Tomotada, (1811-1883) was a fairly prolific Japanese ‘netsuke’ carver during the 18th century. “ A netsuke is a small sculptural object which has gradually developed in Japan over a period of more than three hundred years. Netsuke (singular and plural) initially served both functional and aesthetic purposes. The traditional form of Japanese dress, the … More Detailed dogs
These photographs of mosaics depicting chained dogs come from the southern Italian town of Pompeii, which was infamously captured in time by the eruption of Mount Versuvius in 79 CE. The majority of historians believe these mosaics would have worked in much the same way that “Beware of the dog” signs work now-a-days – to deter … More Romanus Caninus dogus
Marc Biboud, (1923-2016), Two Dog Acrobats, (1953). Here the late French photographer captures a fleeting shot of Parisian circus life as two dogs are (probably) forced to walk the tightrope to the amusment and awe of the crowd below. A cup for donations stands in the foreground on an ominous looking straw laden crate – … More Dogs on dogs
Unknown artist, Attic Red figure cup depicting dog scratching ear with hind leg, (500BCE – 401BCE) Ancient Greek, perhaps Athenian, red-figure painting of a greyhound type dog scratching his ear. Although little can be known about the providence of the artist, let alone the dog, it is humbling to know that even over a 2,500 … More I think this dog has fleas…
Zhu Zhanji (1399 – 1435), also known as Emperor Xuande of China during the Ming dynasty, painted Two Saluki Hounds around 1427. His other paintings include Gibbons at Play (1427) and Fish and Water Weeds (undated) but who cares if no dogs are in it?!
Mary Cassatt (1844 – 1926) was an American painter who focused primarily on the domestic lives of women and children in the Victorian and Edwardian private sphere. (Above: A Visitor in a Hat and Coat holding a Maltese Dog, 1879) (Above: Woman on a Stripped Sofa with a Dog, 1876) It could be suggested that these … More Cassatt’s dogs
Edward Henry Landseer RA (1802 – 1873) was an English painter of domestic animals, wildlife and portraitist to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He was particularly remembered for his depictions of dogs, often giving them human qualities such as compassion, sympathy and morals – creating the “Victorian conception of…noble animals devoted to mankind…indicated in Saved (1856) … More The “Distinguished Member”