The special bond between humans and animals has been depicted in artwork for centuries. From Ancient to Victorian times and even in the present, animals often play a starring role! In the 19th century, Queen Victoria was a trendsetter with her love of dogs and the popularity of pets and their ownership increased. Pet portraiture emerged and found a favorable audience. Paintings by artists such as George Stubbs (1724-1806) and Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) were made into engravings which were published in magazines, thus increasing viewership and the popularity of animals. These lovely mezzotint engravings were used as the inspiration for many lithophanes. From lap dogs to cats at play, hunting scenes, and even some whimsical fantasy scenes- animals and pets draw our attention and delight!
“Die Haustiere” (The Pets)
KPM 528 B, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur, Berlin 1828-1865, Accession no.1952
“Der Bauer Liebling” (The Farmer’s Favorite)
PPM 544, Plausche Porzellanmanufactur, 19th century Germany, Accession No. 2004.1
Gift of Greg Knott in memory of Robert Huebner
“Kind im Kinderwagen mit Hund” (Child in Baby wagon with Dog)
PPM 237, Plausche Porzellanmanufactur, Germany 1849-present.
On loan from the Richard Mathis collection.