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So RARE to find an ORIGINAL by Lucy Dawson, I just had to have this. Her books, such as Dogs As I See Them (1936) and Lucy Dawson's Dog Book (1939) are beloved by everyone who sees them - her portraits of dogs being amusing, poignant and heartfelt. So great was her talent at capturing canine character that England's royal family commissioned her to paint Dookie, a beloved corgie and this gorgeous portrait later featured on the Windsors Christmas card.
Her work sells in top auction houses such as Christies and, can only continue to appreciate in value.
She died in 1954.
This is a wonderful portrait of a chow, unusually for Dawson in watercolour as she is better known for her pastels . And here she has moved away from drollery and given us an insightful portrait. The dog is captured with such empathy and understanding it is almost as if we were looking at the living being.
In good condition, but there are one or two fox marks ( please see image)
Window 13 1/2 by 9 1/2
Undated but I estimate 1900-1920
ABOUT LUCY DAWSON
Lucy Dawson 1867-1954 (who also worked under the name of 'Mac') was famous primarily for her portrait work and etching, but she was also of the most talented and, until recently, under-rated dog artists of the early twentieth century.Lucy Dawson worked in pencil, pen, ink and oil, but was mainly known for her work in pastels. Her charming sketches of every breed of dog are reminiscent of the work of Cecil Aldin. She lived in Bristol until about 1930, and then moved to London after the death of her husband. In the late 1930s, she moved again to Hertfordshire, where she stayed until she died just before her eightieth birthday.Lucy Dawson wrote and illustrated a number of books, including Dogs as I See Them (1936), Dogs, Rough And Smooth (1937), Lucy Dawson's Dog Book (1939) and Neighbours (1939). She also had reproductions of her drawings featured in both English and American magazines.Lucy Dawson was commissioned by the British Royal Family to go to Windsor Castle and paint their favourite corgi, named Dookie. This painting was later reproduced as the family's personal Christmas card. She also exhibited for many years at the R.I. Galleries in Piccadilly, London.
Study of a CHOW Dog by Lucy Dawson 1867-1954 Watercolour Painting c.1900-1920