The young Pre-Raphaelite painters were fond of deriding the “monkeyana” pictures which had brought their predecessor Landseer such popular acclaim, yet their own pictures are equally full of animals cast in a variety of roles from the sentimental to the symbolic. Queen Victoria doted on her pets and the Prince Consort was no less devoted to his hunting dogs; where they led the nation followed, and the wise artist hurried to keep up. In this day school we will be considering the results of this national enthusiasm in the work of a wide variety of artists, among them David Wilkie, Edwin Landseer, Franz Winterhalter, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and John Singer Sargent. We shall also explore the careers of painters less well-known to us although equally popular in their day, including Frank Paton, Wilson Hepple and Louis Wain.
This Art History Day School is being run during the exhibition 'Reigning Cats and Dogs'.