Genoese Artist (c.1650/80):
A Dog lying on a Ledge
A890; oil on canvas; 49 x 63 cm.
Prov: Galerie Espagnole of Louis-Philippe, Paris; P.L. Hind; J.F. Austen, Horsmonden.
Bequeathed by Percy Moore Turner, 1957; WA1957.59.2.
Baticle and Marinas 1981, pp. 255, 410In the mid-19th century, A890 was attributed to Zurbar´n and then to Vel´zquez: it is a portrait of a plebeian dog, rather than the more common type of image of hunting dogs or courtly lapdogs. The artist may have been Genoese and an attribution been suggested to Giovanni Agostino Cassana (post 1659 - 1720).
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.