1866 – A Faithful Mourner

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“A Faithful Mourner” is a full-page book plate image taken from “Animal Sagacity”, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall and published by S.W.Partridge, circa 1866. The anecdote accompanying the illustration tells of an incident in the Isle of Skye, where a young man, named Norman, died of fever. When he was buried, his dog followed him to the churchyard, and was with great difficulty removed, and taken to his poor master’s father’s house, some six miles away.  The next morning he had disappeared; and the mourning family looked at each other and said they were sure he had gone to seek his master.  In both Scotland and Ireland, the poorer classes bury their dead in what we would consider very shallow graves, and when the dog was followed, it was seen that he had not only torn away the earth, but actually “gnawn” away at the wood of the coffin, so that he could look on the face he loved so well; and there the dog was found, eagerly looking into the grave, whining and calling to his dead master to come forth. Many went to see the faithful animal on guard, and all felt and appreciated his devotedness.

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Detail: A Faithful Mourner by Harrison Weir       Book Cover: Animal Sagacity edited by Mrs S C Hall

Detail: 1866 – A Faithful Mourner                        Book Cover:  Animal Sagacity, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall

Detail: A Faithful Mourner by Harrison Weir

Detail: 1866 – A Faithful Mourner (Artists Signature in plate)

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