Attrib. Maud Earl, Welsh Terrier Dog - Early 20th-century graphite drawing


An original early 20th-century graphite drawing, Attrib. Maud Earl Welsh Terrier Dog.

A sweet brief sketch with the attribution ‘Maude Earl [sic]’ at the lower right. Maud Alice Earl (1864-1943) was an eminent British-American canine painter. The provenance of the sketch suggests that the attribution is likely to be reliable. The sketch is drawn on the verso of a printed piece of paper advertising artists’ colourman Charles Roberson & Co at 99 Long Acre and 155 & 156 Piccadilly, which dates the paper to between 1907 and 1940.

Alice Maud Earl was born in Marylebone, London, into a family of animal painters of note. Taught from a young age by her father, the sporting painter George Earl, she went on to study at Royal Female School of Art, which was later incorporated into the Central School of Art. She exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists and at the Paris Salon.

Earl developed a select clientele, that included members of the British royal family, such as Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. She emigrated to the United States in 1916, and went on to enjoy international acclaim.

Inscribed lower right.

Minor age toning and marks, commensurate with age. The upper edge of the paper is a raw torn off edge. Please see photos for detail. Note that the printed lettering on the verso show through to the front somewhat.
7.5cm x 12.5cm.

This picture is one of an interesting assortment of pictures, which were acquired together from a single collector and include a number of works by the eminent Dover artist William Burgess (1805-1861). Burgess was a painter and drawing master, who specialised in local Dover subjects, which sometimes featured military and naval elements. There are further naval and marine connections in the collection, spanning the early Victorian era to the early 20th century, which indicate the collector was possibly of Naval descent; an address associated with the collection is at Lowestoft.

Artists of interest featured in the collection include marine artist Neville Sotheby Pitcher (1889-1959), and Count Mario Grixoni (1885-1945), who was son and nephew of senior officers of the Army and Navy, and who as a young man started a Naval career. There is also an early view on the Nile, and a World War Two sketch in India. In addition, the collection features a number of typical Victorian subjects, such as a portrait of Queen Victoria’s dog Dash, along with a canine sketch by the eminent British-American canine painter Maud Earl (1864-1943), whose select clientele included members of the British royal family.

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