Lucy Dawson (1870-1854) was a British illustrator who was best known for her pen, ink and pastel drawings of dogs. Sporting breeds were a favorite subject, but she also painted other breeds and her work can be found on collectible items such as postcards and cake tins.
Through used booksellers, you can still pick up copies of her illustrated books including Dogs As I See Them, Dogs Rough and Smooth and Lucy Dawson’s Dog Book.
You can also purchase reproduction prints such as these:
Original works periodically turn up at auctions, for those who are die-hard collectors.
I particularly like how Ms Dawson was able to render the beautiful fur coats on the dogs she drew, a rare talent.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand