Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873)
“A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society” (1838)
Oil on canvas
The dog in the painting is “Bob,” a dog that was found in a shipwreck off the coast of England. The dog had found his way to the London waterfront where he became known for saving people from drowning, a total of 23 times over the course of fourteen years. For this, he was made a distinguished member of the Royal Humane Society, granting him a medal and access to food.
Thomas Francis Dicksee was an English painter, primarily a portraitist and painter of historical, genre subjects — often from Shakespeare. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1841 until the year of his death. His brother John Robert Dicksee was also a painter, and his children, Frank and Margaret likewise became painters. In The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Herbert Dicksee is given as his son also, but according to the City of London School, where Herbert taught, he was the son of John Robert Dicksee.