We are extremely excited to offer this delightful pen and ink portrait of the artist's pet St Bernard dog called Chang. This huge dog belonged to the French artist and novelist George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier born 6 March 1834, died 8 October 1896. This important George Du Maurier pet portrait has a fascinating back story, with the intended recipient Daisy Whiteside and the artist himself both having a close connection to Lewis Carroll.
This charming pen and ink drawing features extensive inscriptions by the artist. The text in the top right corner reads:
‘20 Avenue des Tilleuls, Villa Montmorency, Auteuil, Paris, Sept 1877’
The text below reads:
‘Chang – alias ???? – alias Bawbar for Daisy Whiteside from her friend G Du Maurier'.
The drawing is housed behind its original glass in its original frame and mount.
Measuring: Frame width 12.75 inch (32.5 cm) by height 11 7/8 inch (30.5 cm). Frame depth 0.75 inch (2 cm). Aperture width 5 inch (12.5 cm) by height 4 inch (10 cm).
Condition: Minor wear to frame and minor foxing to mount, some detritus trapped under the glass. Minor surface scuff to bottom left corner of the drawing.
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THE ARTIST- George Du Maurier was a Franco-British cartoonist and author, known for his cartoons in Punch and for his novel Trilby. He was the father of the actor Sir Gerald du Maurier and grandfather of authors Angela du Maurier and Dame Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, The Birds fame). He was also the father of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and grandfather of the five boys who inspired J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. George Du Maurier was a friend of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll as well as John Everett Millais. George Du Maurier was approached by Lewis Carroll to illustrate Phantasmagoria.
See Pg 332 - Lewis Carroll & His Illustrators: Collaborations and Correspondence, 1865-1898 edited by Morton Norton Cohen, Edward Wakeling.
THE ADDRESS 20 AVENUE DES TILLEULS, VILLA MONTMORENCY, AUTEUIL, PARIS - The Montmorency Villa is the most exclusive private estate in Paris. The estate has been the home to many members of the French aristocracy and was a popular haven for artists in the 20th century. This same villa is mentioned in Du Maurier’s novel The Martian which was published in 1898. It is a long, largely autobiographical, novel that describes the lives of two bosom friends, Barty Josselin and Robert Maurice, starting from their school days in Paris in the 1850s. Here is an extract from the novel mentioning the villa ‘And then, a little later on, I was a good Uncle Bob, and took the whole party to Auteuil, near Paris, and hired two lordly mansions next door to each other in the Villa Montmorency, and turned their gardens into one'. Pg 420 – The Martian by George Du Maurier.
THE SITTER - Chang was Du Maurier’s own St Bernard pet dog, named after an eight foot giant exhibited in the British Museum in the 1860s. Chang appeared frequently in Du Maurier’s illustration in Punch Magazine. Chang died in 1883, he had many fans that were all grief stricken. Chang and his pedigree appeared in the 1888 1st edition of Hugh Dalziel St Bernard DOGS British Canines Illustrated Breeding
THE DEDICATION- The little girl to whom the drawing was dedicated was Daisy Whiteside. She was photographed several times by Lewis Carroll at Oak Tree House, Hampstead on the 10th of July 1875. Fascinatingly, Lewis Carroll also photographed the ‘Du Maurier Sister’s on the same day at the same place. The Du Maurier sisters were the daughters of George Du Maurier. One of the sisters, Beatrix Du Maurier, was photographed with Daisy Whitehead. This is documented in THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF LEWIS CARROLL, A CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ Compiled by Edward Wakeling Texas University Press, 2015. The catalogue presents nearly 1000 photographs taken by Lewis Carroll with a variety of information about the sitters and the locations.