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Sunday, November 13, 2016

hairy eyeball 1849

thanks wikiart.org (PD)
No difficulty getting this model to stay put: he's perfectly comfortable, thank you very much.  Dogs have been giving us that sidelong eyeball since time immemorial.  In this deft "Study of a Dog" of 1849, the great English landscape watercolorist David Cox gives us a timeless glimpse of a friend.
Cox was a member of the Birmingham School of landscape artists, a group that brought a personal character to the natural scenes and objects portrayed, investing their subjects with a feeling of individuality.*  Naturally this would work even better for a dog, the prime living interface between man and nature.  Whether the golden brown atmosphere around the dog is meant to be straw, or reflected firelight, the effect only reinforces the snug feeling he must be enjoying; we feel it too.

*Did you know Birmingham has a long history as an arts town?  I didn't.  You should read this.

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