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This work was painted at a time when sentimental images of dogs, cats and other pets were fashionable due to the influence of Queen Victoria and the Royal family. Barber became one of Queen Victoria's favourite painters and he was commissioned to paint several works for her. The fashion for sentimental images of animals and children disappeared with the coming of the twentieth century and Barber passed into obscurity.
oil on canvas
H 97 x W 127.6 cm
gift from Robert Taylor Heape, 1911