For more information on Anne Damer, please see lot 257. Although Percy Noble (op. cit.) pieced together a relatively complete inventory of Damer's works in 1908, Damer’s dying wish to destroy all her personal documents has resulted in an academic void regarding the artist's life. Of the six sculptures of dogs that Damer exhibited at the Royal Academy, three are known to have been terracottas, one is the Goodwood group of Two Sleeping Dogs and another, a lost portrait of her whippet, Fidele. This leaves one tantalizingly ambiguous entry from 1800 of A Lap-dog.