A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society. To Newman Smith Esq.re this Plate ferm the Original Picture in His Possession is repectfully dedicated by his Obedient and Obliged Humble Servant Fra. Grahn. Moon.
London. Published November 1st 1839 by F.G.Moon Printeseller by Special Appointment to her Majesty 20 Theadneedle Street.
Mezzotint with engraving. Platemark: 550 x 690mm (21¾ x 27"). Very large margins.
The Newfoundland is supposed to be 'Bob', said to have been shipwrecked off the coast of England, becoming a stray on the London waterfront. He is recorded as saving 23 people from drowning over fourteen years, for which he was declared a distinguished member of the Royal Humane Society, entitling him a medal and daily food. However, when Landseer tried to paint Bob he could not be found, so another Newfoundland, 'Paul Pry', was substituted.
Ex collection of Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 39075] £550.00