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    Sale 1910

    Sporting And Wildlife Art Including The Collection Of Doug And Ellen Miller

    28 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 120

    Arthur Wardle (British, 1864-1949)

    Bulldogs of the Twentieth Century

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    Arthur Wardle (British, 1864-1949)
    Bulldogs of the Twentieth Century
    signed and dated 'ARTHUR WARDLE/1903' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    30 x 47¾ in. (76.2 x 121.3 cm.)

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    The names of the dogs on the ledge are from left to right, Kentish Pride, Regal Stone, and the names of the dogs on the ground are from left to right, Broadlea Squire, Clansman, Pressgang, Prince Albert and Floradora.

    Ch. Pressgang (stud book no. KCSB 1226E) was born on 16th September 1899 and owned by J. Atkinson-Jowett. He won thirteen Challenge Certificates between 1901-03.
    Ch. Prince Albert (stud book no. KCSB 1448D) was born 22nd October 1897 and owned by L. Crabtree. He won fifteen Challenge Certificates between 1899-1904, and his greatest rival was Pressgang.
    Ch. Broadlea Squire (stud book no. KCSB 1268G) was born 2nd November 1900 and owned by J.W. Proctor. He was the son of Ch. Prince Albert and won six Challenge Certificates between 1902-04.
    Clansman (stud book no. KCSB 1348G) was born 1st May 1901 and owned by F. McKrill.
    Kentish Pride (stud book no. KCSB 1348G) was born 19th August 1901 and owned by J. Atkinson-Jowett.
    Floradora (stud book no. KCSB 1350G) was a litter sister of Kentish Pride. She was born 19th August 1901 and owned by J. Atkinson-Jowett.
    Ch. Regal Stone (stud book no. KCSB 1382H) was born 20th August 1900 and owned by W. Buckler. He won five Challenge Certificates between 1903-05.

    Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge was one of the leading dog fanciers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in America. As well as being a leading breeder and patron of Dog Shows she also formed an immense art collection devoted to animals which numbered over 6000 items at the time of her death.

    The Bulldog was bred originally as a guard dog and to bait bulls and bears, although this aspect of their pre-nineteenth century history would rather be forgotten by most modern enthusiasts for the breed. In 1835 bull and bear baiting was prohibited by law and as a result dog fighting also declined. From that point on Bulldogs became champions of the show ring as the era of the modern dog show began. By the 1890s, the Bulldog had been a longstanding member of the dog show world. What once had been a strong and tenacious fighter had now become, through selective breeding, a show dog and pet.


    Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge.
    Saint Hubert's Giralda, Madison, New Jersey; Sotheby's, New York, 10 June 1988, lot 181.
    with Richard Green, London, 1989.

    Pre-Lot Text