Then I saw this....
|John Franks and his Poodle (19th century) British School|
The Victorians loved animals ever so much. Their love of domestic animals explains the plethora of images, some metaphoric, some straight portraits, and inevitably some of them manage to strike a dischordant note. For every Daniel Tomkins and his Dog....
|Daniel Tomkins and his Dog (1898) Alfred Munning|
|Danger Ahead Charles Spencelayh|
Okay, I know what you're thinking, they look harmless, it's just a cute picture of a little girl and her dog. That's how they'll get you. You'll be thinking about how sweet and harmless they look, how much the dog loves the little girl, how eerily quiet it is...don't say I didn't warn you.
|Mug Won't Beg (1857) John Harris|
|Quite Ready Philip Morris|
|Head of a Boy with a Dog Frans Hals|
|Boy with Dog Wilhelm Marstrand|
Oh, I am sorry, I didn't mean to deprive everyone of sleep tonight. Granted there are lots of not-even-slighty-terrifying pictures of dogs, but there is a perverse pleasure in finding ones which have no doubt been chilling the blood of audiences for over a century. I'll leave you with a far more reassuring image, which belongs to Stamford and Rutland Hospital...
|Unknown Man and Dog Unknown Artist|
I wonder if Lily would be happy with a goldfish?