Etching titled on the original Associated American Artists label "Scottie", signed/dated 1937 in the plate, pencil signed at lower right margin by the internationally renowned canine art artist and illustrator DIANA THORNE (1895-1963). The print measures 7 3/4" by 13 1/4" inside the present mat (15" by 19" framed). The large, central image of a classic black Scottish Terrier is surrounded by small images of Scotties in various typical and familiar and endearing poses. Thorne was a master at dog art, capturing the essence of what makes the dog so beloved by his master. She was born in Odessa, Russia to Jewish parents. After fleeing to Canada due to persecution in Russia, the family returned to Europe, to Germany, in 1912, where Thorne received her first formal training, and then to England for a time. The family headed west once again in 1920. By 1929 her talents were becoming recognized and in the course of the next thirty years, she truly blossomed, became famous for her art on both sides of the Atlantic. The most prestigious galleries of New York and Boston carried her art, and she became one of the most acclaimed canine artists, becoming author-illustrator of 40+ books, and illustrator of more than 50. Condition is generally good, though I note in extreme upper left corner margin area a meandering several inch tear in the paper where the plate mark would have weakened it. This flaw does not diminish the decorative appeal of the print by this important dog artist. Note the original Associated American Artists labels on the backing.
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