Series TitleStandard Poodle
Artistschool of :
George Stubbs (British English, 1724 – 1806)
Date18th-early 19th century
MediumOil on canvas
DimensionsFrame : 18 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (47.63 x 57.78 cm)
Credit LineGift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelThe poodle breed originated in Germany and was standardized in France, where it was used as a hunting dog. During the 18th and 19th centuries, poodles became popular as domestic pets and status symbols among the social and economic elites of Europe. Although images of dogs appeared in European art as early as 15th century, formal portraits of dogs by themselves did not appear until the 18th century. The best known dog portraitist in Britain was George Stubbs, who began painting images of dogs for the British aristocracy in the 1770s. The success of those paintings inspired other artists to follow his convention of portraying dogs in standing poses against natural landscape backgrounds.