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Unknown Artist, Henry Stone's Dog

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)

Details

Country House
Doddington Hall
Title(s)
Henry Stone's Dog
Date
? c.1650–90
Location
Drawing Room
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Overall height: 98 cm, Overall width: 129 cm
Artist
Unknown Artist
Catalogue Number
DN61

Description

The dog, painted presumably by a local Lincolnshire artist, belonged to Henry Stone of the Manor House, Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire. According to local legend, the dog prevented Stone from being struck by lightning, tugging at his master’s coat when he was aiming to shoot a pheasant in a tree, which was about to be rent in half by a lightning bolt. Stone, who died aged sixty-two on 26 June 1693, had no heirs, and endowed his estate to Christ’s Hospital. He left the portrait of his dog to his friends and neighbours, the Hussey family at Doddington. To the right and above the dog a pheasant perches upon the branch of a blasted tree, a detail that presumably alludes to Stone’s fortunate escape and his dog’s sagacious intervention. For further information see Rod Collins’s website on Doddington.1

by Martin Postle

Footnotes

  1. http://www.rodcollins.com/wordpress/doddington-in-lincolnshire-village-church-history.

    1

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