Image No. 4957
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The Totteridge XI
Arthur Wardle (1864-1949)
The Thomas Ross Collection
Signed and dated 1897
Oil on canvas 27.5 x 35.5 ins
The dogs are l-r on the straw: Dryad, Ch Daddy, Dame Dalby, Dalby (sitting) and Divorcee. Standing in the foreground l-r are: Ch Dominie, Ch Donna Fortuna, Ch Dame Fortune, Ch D'Orsay, Ch Donnington, and Diamond Count.
This painting is a classic example of dog portraiture and was executed under the watchful eye of their owner, Francis Redmond. Many years after the completion of the picture, Wardle remarked: 'Mr Redmond stood over me and made be 'perfect' all his dogs - shorten their backs, lengthen their necks and muzzles, make their ears and feet smaller than they really were - and so on. None of them were half as good as in their picture'.
The work and corrections ordered by Redmond, that Wardle put in to the painting can be seen quite clearly. So much so that one of his early attempts, which he subsequently painted over, can now be seen in the form of a 'ghost dog', which has appeared on the right hand side of the painting.