The current picture was in the collection of Elizabeth Curran Cooper, a noted Bedlington breeder, who wrote an extensive and definitive work on the breed. She wrote of Clyde Boy, 'he lies in the extended pedigree of every Bedlington Terrier in the world'.
Widely admired during his lifetime, the general consensus from Cruft's and Kennel Club judges was that he was rather large but still showed the best attributes of the Bedlington breed. He was whelped in April 1894, bred by R. Jordison and owned by William Wears. By 1895 he was owned by John Cook of Newcastle under the name Beaconsfield Typhoon. He later regained his former name under the possession of
Mrs P.R. Smith.
Mrs Cooper was given the current portrait by Mrs David Fenby of the West Fen Bedlingtons. It is rare to find an example of a portrait accompanied by a stud card, particularly one that provides a three generation pedigree for the subject.
Maud Earl's portrait, painted in 1899 at the height of Clyde Boy's exhibiting career captures what John Blench described in the Kennel Gazette as '..the long deep skull, deep strong jaw, small dreamy eye, thin ears close to the cheeks well fringed, arched loin abd perfect scimitar-shaped tail tapering to a fine point.'