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The life of a fox hound

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (Drawn)

  • Date:

    1910 (Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shepherd, William James Affleck, born 1867 - died 1946 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and wash on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

William James Affleck Shepherd (1867-1946) was a keen huntsman and self-taught cartoonist who specialised in humorous anthropomorphic drawings of animals. He worked with the cartoonist Alfred Bryan on Moonshine, and contributed illustrations to Strand Magazine, London Illustrated News, Punch and Sporting and Dramatic News. He illustrated a number of children's books, including Zig Zag Fables (1897), Uncle Remus (1901), Wanders in Monsterland (1901), Nights with Uncle Remus (1903), The Three Jovial Puppies (1907), The Life of a Foxhound (1910) and The Story of Chanticleer (1913). He lived in Charlwood, Surrey and Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

This illustration is thought to be an original drawing for John Mills' The Life of a Foxhound, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1910.

Physical description

Ink and wash on paper. Illustration of a fox in human clothing. The fox has open jaws ready to eat a baby chicken which is falling into its mouth. In the background, a chicken.

Place of Origin

London (Drawn)


1910 (Drawn)


Shepherd, William James Affleck, born 1867 - died 1946 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Artist's signature in ink on the bottom right of the illustration.

'Have taken out and blacks emphasised and backgrounds severally kept as faint as possible. the blocks would be greatest improved. I am ... ... faithfully J.A. Shepherd'
Artist's signed note on a piece of blue paper which is pasted onto the mount of the illustration.

Inscription in ink on the front of the mount.

Inscription in ink on the front of the mount.

Inscribed in ink on the back of the mount.

Illustration inside brown envelope annotated with Renier box shipment no: BA Box 382 and notes about the illustrator: '1867-1946: artist for 'Strand' magazine, 'Punch', 'London Illustrated News', etc., illustrated 'Zig Zag Fables' 1897; 'Uncle Remus' 1901; 'Wanders in Monsterland' 1901; 'Nights with Uncle Remus' 1903; 'The Three Jovial Puppies' 1907; 'The Life of a Foxhound' 1910; 'The Story of Chanticleer' 1913 etc.'

Envelope also with notes about the drawing: 'Fine original, signed, drawing for illustration to a book, probably 'Life of a Foxhound' n.d., with end of A.L.S. containing instructions for making the blocks'.


Height: 20.5 cm, Width: 23.5 cm

Descriptive line

Ink and wash on paper drawing by James Affleck Shepherd, illustrating The life of a fox hound, by John Mills. London, Hodder & Stoughton, [1910].


Paper; Ink; Wash


Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Fox; Chicken


Illustration; Books; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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