The English decorating style has more to offer than floral designs, china and picture frames. With this, dog portraits are very popular these days from the Victorian Era it was said in a magazine. With cave walls as their canvas, dog portraits came to existence 15,000 to 30,000 years back.
Queen Victoria wanted her children to be painted and that also took into account their dogs. The Country squires never failed to add their dogs in their portraits and in wills. Such paintings were considered part of the family record.
By the end of 1800 dog portraiture was a big hit and the industry was at its best. There was a high demand now for dog portraits. In Great Britain the population was about 20 million to 30 million and it was said that around 6 million were animal painters.
Many people still buy the paintings even if they were done by amateurs. People collect these kinds of paintings more say a Pennsylvanian art consultant. The pets in the pictures are typically mixed breeds. It was rare but the paintings of purebreds would be more collected by people claims a New York gallery owner and former director of the dog museum of America. This genre includes a variety of paintings, prints, pastels and watercolors.
Given that they were looking for a certain breed, collectors wanted the purebred portraits more. The portraits of the cavalier King Charles spaniel have been sought after by many as this is a society dog. With the best purebred portraits they are the only ones that come close to the price of the sporting portraits.
There are many sources of dog portraits in the market. These places would include Art galleries, auction houses, private dealers and antique and thrift shops. Individuals, flea markets and garage sales are less likely source options.
When are interested in a certain buy, always do some research first. To get a better idea on what breed you are acquiring always read book like early 19th century breed books which can give you background information.
Research is especially crucial if buying at auction. The legitimacy of these pieces is typically not guaranteed by auction houses. Good dealers always assure their buyers that the piece is real through writing. A smart buyer would still do their own separate research from their dealers.