Saturday, December 10, 2011

Pets of the Belle Époque: Fluffy and Dovey, 1900

Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Fluffy, the dog, I'm guessing; and, Dovey, the dove, are shown in this watercolor on ivory miniature. The painting was commissioned by Alexandra, Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra), by whom it was given to Princess Victoria of Wales as a Christmas gift in 1900.

The painting is the work of Mrs. Gertrude Massey, Née Seth (fl. 1898–1911), and is inscribed: FLUFFY & DOVEY.

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