Poodle Art History: A Favorite Poodle and Monkey

Parti-colored poodle w/ a monkey (oil on canvas). 
Black and white poodle with ticking; Early 17th century painting

Lovely old painting of a poodle in a short clip (sporting or kennel clip). Many male poodle owners like to keep their poodles cut low (in "kennel clips"), and many men obviously felt the same way centuries ago. The painting features a (favorite) poodle and monkey belonging to Thomas Osborne, the 4th Duke of Leeds.  It was painted by John Wootton. See a modern day photo of a poodle in a very short clip/cut, here.

John Wootton (1682–1764) was an English painter whose interest included battle scenes, sporting subjects, landscapes, and dogs. He is best remembered as a pioneer in the painting of sporting subjects (as was Peter Tillemans and James Seymour), and was considered the finest practitioner of his interest and the genre in his day. His paintings were highly sought after by those among the highest strata of the British society-- dukes, princes, and kings alike. George Stubbs (1724 - 1806), also an English painter, was thought to follow in his foot  steps, but focused primarily on animal paintings.  

Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds

Quick lesson in British rankings  (peerage rankings / nobility titles) in the United Kingdom: Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, and Baron, with "Duke" being the highest title. (Baronet and Knight follow these)

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