Cracker on the Wall by Cecil Aldin


Cracker on the Wall


Cecil Aldin

Ref GM641
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.” Cracker was a Bull Terrier and, thanks to dozens of Aldin’s magazine and newspaper illustrations, plus a series of extremely successful books, Cracker became one of the most famous dogs in the world. He was almost entirely white, with the exception of a cheerful black patch above one eye, which gave him a slightly dissolute appearance to which he fully lived up. His companion was the gigantic Irish Wolfhound Micky, who was remarkably good-natured and literally allowed Cracker to walk all over him. When Cracker eventually died, he was famous enough to receive his own obituary in “The Times”.