|Mary and Elizabeth Royall, 1758. Oil on canvas by |
John Singleton Copley. Accession #25.49. Currently
on view in the Art of Americas Wing.
04 March, 2012
It's the Weekend: Fly-by Post
Dogs appearing in portraiture, and paintings in general, are known as being a symbol of loyalty and fidelity. Below, Mary and Elizabeth Royall have their pup featured in this oil painting by John Singleton Copley. My own dog (who bears a striking resemblance to many dogs in 18thc. paintings) is currently at the vet hospital for the second time in as many weeks, and looking at dogs in paintings gives me a small piece of comfort. She is definitely a loyal and faithful companion, and if I could bring her to reenactments she would fit in quite well!