A charming naive portrait of two Cavalier King Charles spaniels, one black and white the other chestnut and white, resting against a cavalier’s feathered hat. The tail is undocked and they have delightful alert expressions. Historically these were lap dogs although during the early part of the 18th century, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, kept chestnut and white King Charles type spaniels for hunting and recorded that they were able to keep up with a trotting horse.Because of this influence, the red and white variety of the King Charles Spaniel and thus the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel became known as the Blenheim. Signed on the back “A.Mead Derby” and dated 1886. Oil on canvas in its original oak swept frame. English, 1886.
Width: 41cms (16.25 inches)
Height: 31cms (12.25 inches)