Dogs of St Bernard Rescuing a Traveller by William Dickes

This dramatic print depicts two large dogs discovering a man lying in the snow, with one trying to revive him by licking his hand while the other barks.


Acquired in:
Bequeathed by:
Alfred Docker through The Art Fund

Monks approach to help at right with the monastery in the mountains beyond. The print is based on a work by Sir Edwin Landseer. It is one of a series of 1379 prints and drawings, mainly colour prints by William Dickes (1815-1842), to illustrate the history of colour printing in the 19th century. They cover various subjects such as Bible, History, Domestic Scenes and (especially) Natural History. With the exception of a few large single prints, they were generally published as book iIlustrations.

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