The history of dogs in art, as read (and copied from) in this week’s Country Life and I have added the images.
Early 17th Century:
Dogs start to appear in sporting scenes as well as human portraits. They often served as badges of political affiliation….
PUG = supporters of William of Orange
KING CHARLES SPANIEL = for a stuart affiliate
ITALIAN GREYHOUND = perhaps Jacobite sympathies (James 2nd’s queen, Mary of Modena, was Italian)
1766 Stubbs unveils his influential Spanish Pointer depicting a dog belonging to publisher Thomas Bradford. It inspired porcelain models and dog whistles, as well as prints.
1803-04 Philip Reinagle produces a series of 24 paintings of dogs, which are turned into engravings for The Sportsman’s Cabinet magazine
Landseer’s A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society goes on show. Black and white New Foundlands become known as Landseers
Landseer completes his portrait of Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge with Nelson, her Newfoundland. It is later presented to George V in 1893 to mark his marriage
1900 Maud Earl issues prints of her patriotic portrait of Dimboola, the champion bulldog of 1896, set against a backdrop of a Union Flag and the white cliffs of Dover
1930 Cecil Aldin releases his book An Artist’s Models, an affectionate look at the dogs who sat for him, illustrated by tinted coloured plates
1931 Bolton born watercolourist Reuben Ward Binks is commissioned by American heiress Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge (who had a specially built Cadillac designed to carry 12 dogs) to come to the USA and paint more than 200 canine portraits
I absolutely love this painting!