A Thoroughbred Mongrel by Cecil Aldin


A Thoroughbred Mongrel


Cecil Aldin

Ref GM635
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 12" x 16" (30 x 40 cm)
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In the introduction to his popular book “An Artist’s Models” in September 1930, Cecil Aldin commented: “A professional artist’s model is generally paid by the day or hour in coin or paper of the realm. My professionals are paid for their work with free board and lodging, two walks a day and an annual holiday on Exmoor. For this they have to pose when required, and to remain quiet in the workshop when other visiting models are sitting. On no account are they allowed to be unpleasant to any canine strangers who may appear in the studio for business purposes. This, as partners in the firm, they fully understand.” Aldin’s book divided his models neatly into his own “professionals” and the dogs which were brought to him for painting, or the “amateurs”. Amongst his “professional” models were perhaps the most famous pair, Cracker the bull terrier and Micky the Irish wolfhound, who featured in their own book “Sleeping Partners”, but Aldin’s output included countless paintings of other dogs, dozens of which are lovingly described as individuals in his charming book, “An Artist’s Models”. Most of Aldin’s models were of course the pets of the wealthy and well-connected, but he does make an interesting point in this book that “somehow or other more wise mongrels seem to come my way than show dogs”. Here is a fine example.