Thursday, July 9, 2015

Historical Dog Portraits and Photographs

By Gretchen Sawatzki

The Victorian period, circa 1840 to 1900 was an era of classification from scientific discoveries to gender roles, Victorians preferred to define and categorizes all areas of life including their pets. This categorization carried over into all areas of life including domestic animals. Dogs in the Victorian period through The Great Depression were scrutinized by their "pureness" of breed, among other things. A mutt was considered a mongrel, but a pure bred dog was held in high regard and could find its way into the home, dressing like a member of high society and even spoiled like a small child. Fascination with dogs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries led to organized breeding and dogs infiltrated the arts becoming subjects in photographic portraits, decorative items, and even included in architectural elements - my favorite though are the photographs and portraits.

1). A Victorian gent dressed in the perfect attire.

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2). "Just taking a smoke break."

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3). Portrait of "The Misses" from the Detroit Publishing Company circa 1905

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4).  "Look what I can do!"
5). Earning a living selling biscuits.

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6).  Weighing the baby.
7). The largest and smallest at dogs at a dog show in 1923.

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8).  Gracie poses at a dog show circa 1915.

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9). "It's bath time!"

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10). This post is in loving memory of my dog, Roxy, 2001 to July 7, 2015.

Image by Gretchen Sawatzki

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