Many Victorian artists chose to paint their own versions of the beloved and famous painting, “The Cavalier’s Pets,” completed by Sir Edwin Landseer in 1845. This near-miniature painting is a well-executed example of the iconic image.
The two spaniels, as in the original, are lying on the red tablecloth as well as the brim of the cavalier’s large, plumed hat. The expressions on the dogs make for a most charming painting. The brush strokes of the fur are well defined. The painting’s small size only adds the overall appeal of this Victorian gem.
It is housed in its original ornate Victorian wood and gesso frame. Each corner has elaborate shells, flowers and scrolls applied to it. There is a narrow running border with triangular shapes embossed around it. The gilded surface, along with the darkened areas give the frame impart antique character to this adorable painting. Due to its small scale, it would look just as fine on a stand as on a wall.
I have had the painting professionally cleaned so it is in ready-to-hang condition. The frame has been restored, while still retaining its original character. There is some crazing in the gilding, which is usual for a heavy gesso frame of this age.
It measures 10 inches wide by 8 inches high, including the frame.
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19th Century Victorian Painting of Two King Charles Spaniel Dogs, after Landseer