19th Century Naive Bedlington Terrier Oil on Board

19th Century Naive Bedlington Terrier Oil on Board


Victorian Small Folk Art Painting Depicting a Dog

‘Mr. John Robinson’s Bedlington Terrier “Dusty’ by R. Marshall 1889’

I challenge you not find this little fella charming.

Bedlington Terriers were a favourite of the mining communities of Northumberland during this time so this little painting is possibly from around those parts. earlier on in their history, they were known as ‘Gypsy dogs’ as they were favourited by the Romany people.

Painted in the most wonderful, naive style, Marshall has gone to a lot of effort to capture Dusty’s fur in tiny little impasto brushstrokes.

He is standing proud in a wonderfully moody country landscape.

The inscription is a little worn in places but you can definitely make out "‘Bedlington Terrier “Dusty”’ and quite who’s he was I am not 100% sure but looks to me like ‘Mr. John Robinson's’.

It is also signed and dated by the artist in the bottom right-hand corner ‘R. Marshall 1889’.

Framed in a worn and battered glazed gilt gesso frame (glass can be removed if desired but frame seems to original to the painting).

There is some wear to the painting and frame but we think this all adds to the charm, please see photographs.

Overall measurements: 40.5 x 33cm x 4cm.

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