The William Secord Gallery in New York is pleased to present for sale over 60 etchings and original pencil drawings depicting Scottish Terriers by the renowned animal artist, Marguerite Kirmse (1885-1954).
Born in Bournemouth, England in 1885, Kirmse studied both music and art before moving to America where she developed her talent for the visual arts, creating drawings, pastels and oil paintings. Her love of dogs and her artistic talent were a winning combination and by the 1910’s she had established herself as an important canine artist.
Kirmse’s love for the Scottish Terrier was solidified when she met and later married George W. Cole in 1924. Cole was an avid Scottish Terrier fancier and for a time the president of The Scottish Terrier Club of America. Their Tobermory Kennels bred and exhibited many different breeds including Airedales, Irish Terriers, English Setters, Pointers, and of course Scottish Terriers.
To view this new collection of Scottish Terriers etchings and drawings, please click here.
To view the entire collection of works by Marguerite Kirmse that are available for purchase click here.
Thanks to Monica for spotting this and sending it along.
What else? I met a couple of Scottie News readers at the Westminster breed judging, in the online chat session. It worked beautifully so I was disappointed when the live streaming of the Best in Show didn’t happen on Tuesday evening. The disappointment was tempered, however, by the fact that it was highly unlikely a Scottie would win, given Sadie’s crowning just three years ago.
In any case the winner was :
GCH Lomondview Clementina Sex: Bitch AKC: RN 18902901 Date of Birth: June 13, 2005 Breeder: Carol Annan Sire: Raglan Royal Connecton With Brio Dam: Lomondview Clementine Owner: John & Daphne Eggert
Phoebe — that’s her nickname — is a repeat winner, having taken the Scottie crown in 2012 as well. Here’s our past coverage of her naughty ways. Scottie News notes that Lomondview Clementina is not getting any younger so may be retiring from the ring and making way for some new talent soon.
It’s a sweet little hardcover book that would make a great gift for the Scottish Terrier lovers in your life, including yourselves if you choose to go the self-gifting route.
What especially impressed me is that Kathleen turned up some great famous Scottie photos that I haven’t seen before. (Forgive the quality as I had to photograph it myself to reproduce here.) Were any of you familiar with this one of Fala getting ready for his close-up with the White House press corps?
The chef’s blog reports on the origins of the doggie bag:
Saving face was the doggie bag’s original raison d’ etre in the years following World War II. Toni Stampler Gerard, whose father ran Henry Stampler’s Filet Mignon on Central Park West in New York City, and whose uncle, Dan Stampler, owned the Steak Joint in Greenwich Village, believes that uncle Dan invented the doggie bag in 1948, before Meister wrote her poem.
“Back then people with alot of money wouldn’t think of picking up a bone from their plate, so they told Dan they would like to take it home ‘for the dog.’ Dan had a Scottish terrier. He designed a bag with a picture of his Scottie on it, and he called it a doggie bag so that customers could carry off leftovers without embarrassment.
Scottie News has tried and failed to find an example of the Steak Joint doggie bag. Maybe one of our readers knows if there are still some of them out there. In the mean time, here are some 21st century doggie bags.
Marguerite Kirmse (1885-1954) was an English printmaker who moved to the U.S. and specialized in dogs.
The Scottish Terrier was her favorite breed and she often depicted their comical antics . As quoted in “The American Magazine” of 1929, Kirmse herself noted, “Sometimes, I’ll be working in the garden and one of my puppies will assume an amusing position. Or I may wake up in the middle of the night with an idea that seems to have possibilities for an etching. I always keep a pen and a pencil by my bedside for just such moments.” “My Scotties,” was just such an etching. It charmingly depicts nine of her Scottish terriers coming down the driveway of her Connecticut home. As it is winter, and the dogs have been plying in the snow, the dogs’ black muzzles are covered in white. This is typical of her work, for she did not include a lot of detail in her etchings, but used the white ground of the paper to her advantage, in this case representing her snow-covered front yard.
Kirmse’s love of the Scottish Terrier was solidified when she met and later married George W. Cole in 1924. Cole was an avid Scottish Terrier fancier and for a time the president of The Scottish Terrier Club of America. While Kirmse eventually maintained an artist’s studio in New York City, the married couple also had a farm near Bridgewater, Connecticut. It was here at Arcady Farm that she bred dogs for the show ring, under the kennel name of Tobermory.
The Tobermory Kennels could house between fifty and sixty dogs and among the breeds she had were Airedales, Irish Terriers, English Setters, English Pointers, a variety of Spaniels, and of course Scotties. While Kirmse is certainly best known for her Scotties, her etchings of Setters and Pointers are among her most accomplished. She and George Cole maintained a second home in the Carolinas where they would travel for small game hunting. Kirmse and her husband were also very active in field trials, both in the South and the North. Not only did she run her dogs, but she also shot over them, winning many trophies at field trials.
Scotty and Soccer Ball by diorinspired on Flickr (click photo to see original)
Someone should photoshop the guy above into the photo below:
Congrats to all our Chelsea-supporting Brit readers.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, Bridget got a major workout yesterday when she encountered this plane at the park. Even though it was hot and she had just had a long walk with plenty of ball-chasing, she ran around like a crazy dog trying to catch it. It was better than having a personal trainer. And I’m trying to figure out if the novelty would wear off if I were to buy one to keep her in shape.
Anyone had any experience with exercising their dog with a radio-controlled plane?
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