1878 – “Capriole” dragging his colleague to the cook

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“Capriole, dragging his colleague to the cook  – by Harrison Weir” is a full page book plate image, taken from the “Chatterbox Album of Animals”, published by W.W.Gardner, circa 1878. The short anecdote accompanying the illustration, reads as follows:  “Capriole, was a clever dog, who belonged to the household of a rich chamberlain at the French court. He and another dog turned the spit on alternate days. One day the head-cook wished to fasten ‘Capriole’ on the the spit, although it was not his day; ‘Capriole’ did not approve of this, but ran off to find the other dog whose turn it was, seized him by the ear, and dragged him to the cook, as if he wished to say, ‘Here is the right one, fasten him on.’ “

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Detail: Capriole dragging his colleague, by Harrison Weir       Book Ciover: Chatterbox Album of Animals 1878

Detail: 1878 – “Capriole” dragging his colleague to the cook    Book Cover:  Chatterbox Album of Animals, 1878

Detail: Capriole dragging his colleague, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Capriole dragging his colleague, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1878 – “Capriole” dragging his colleague to the cook. (Last detail with artist’s signature in plate)

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