Today I'm going to tell you about an artist who really liked to paint pictures with dogs in them. She was very good at doing this, and she got to be famous for all the nice paintings she made of dogs.
Her name was Maud Earl, and she was born in London in 1864. Her father, George Earl, was an artist, and he thought it would be good for his daughter to be an artist, too. Which is why he taught her how to draw. He made her study anatomy and draw skeletons of people and animals, and later Miss Earl said that was how she learned to make such good pictures of dogs.
Sometimes people asked Miss Earl how she got the dogs to hold still and let her paint them. She said that she never painted from photographs. Instead, she put the dog on a sort of stool on wheels, so that it was easy to move the dog around. Usually, there was somebody there to help with the dog, but Miss Earl was often the one who got the dog settled down and posing quietly. Then she sketched it with chalks first, and later she used oil paints.
I think that dogs must have really liked Miss Earl, and I wish I could have known her and had my picture painted by her. I don't believe she painted any portraits of basenjis, but this was probably because most of the basenjis were still in Africa at that time.
|Fox Terriers, 1905|
|Bird of Paradise, 1915|
|Three French Bulldogs|
American art lovers and dog lovers were very glad to have Miss Earl in this country, and they kept her busy painting pictures of their dogs, just like the British people had. Miss Earl died in 1943 and was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York. And that's all I know to tell you about her.
|A Bulldog and a French Poodle|