There’s nothing better than owning a dog (sorry not sorry cat people!), and as well as we know it now, people at the 18th century knew it too: from lap dogs to hounds, we see them beloved in portraits next to their masters (friends) with their happy cute eyes looking at them or their heads laying on a knee (I totally LOVE when my dog does that!), laying calm on the floor or totally ready to play.
Dogs are the best ever.
Paintings from top:
“The Morning Walk (Mr and Mrs William Hallett), Thomas Gainsborough, 1785. By the way, that’s Pomeranian. Apparently they used to be huge before being ridiculously cute as small dogs.
“Portrait of Squire Morland with his gun and dog”, James Miller, ca. 1773. Dude, watch the bird! That cutie is about to take it from your hand!
“Fernando VI”, Jean Ranc, 1723. Fernando, stop pretending you’ll throw something to the cute skinny dog u.u
“Karl Friederich Abel”, Thomas Gainsborough, 1777. Relaxing with your viola da gamba and your super fluffy dog. Casual as everyday.
“Anna Maria and Thomas Jenkins”, Angelica Kauffmann, 1790. While the niece holds flowers, the uncle pets the dog. Sorry Anna, dogs are better than flowers.
“A Woman with a Dog”, Jean Honoré Fragonard, 1769. How to make cute little dog even cuter? Put on a huge ribbon bow.
“The Painter and his Pug”, William Hogarth, 1745. Believe or not, this is how pugs looked like. And his name was Trump.
“Portrait of Colonel John Bullock”, Thomas Gainsborough, 1780s. Redcoats and dogs look great together.
“Portrait of Miss Anna Ward with her Dog”, Joshua Reynolds, 1787. I wanna hug that dog SO much. The girl not that much. I’m a dog person not a child person.
“Miss Mary Edwards”, William Hogarth, 1742. Is this a Border Collie or an Spaniel? I don’t know and I don’t care since it’s super cute.