Detail: 1874 – A Sea-faring Dog Book Cover: Chatterbox Album of Animals, 1878
Detail: 1874 – A Sea-faring Dog (Artist’s Signature in plate)
$7.00 – $28.00
“A Sea-faring Dog – by Harrison Weir” is a full page book plate image taken from the “Chatterbox Album of Animals”, published by W.W.Gardner, circa 1878. This illustration is dated 1874 and the subject, a dog named “Fan” had been drawn by Harrison Weir before, when she was adopted as an intelligent foundling dog. This drawing elaborates on another stage of her life and the anecdote elaborates: ” Fan’s master sold her to the owner of one of the far-famed Yarmouth smacks. But ‘Fan’ does not forget her old friend. She goes to sea in the smack, but the moment its prow again touches the landing-stage, ‘Fan’ quickly gets on shore, and trots off to her late owner’s house; there she taps at the door and barks, as much as to say ‘Here I am, safe and sound once more; let me in:’ and if it happens to be early in the morning, she always tries to go up into the bedroom to see her friend, who is always ready to welcome her.” Prints currently available in A4, A3 and A2 sizing options.