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A Jack in Office

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1833 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Landseer, Edwin Henry (Sir), born 1802 - died 1873 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case NORTH WALL

The title is a slang expression for a pompous government official. It is a pun on the principal character: a Jack Russell terrier. A critic described how 'the well-fed and much caressed dog…keeps others from testing the food of which he has had too much'.

Physical description

Oil painting depicting numerous breeds of dog in an office

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)


ca. 1833 (painted)


Landseer, Edwin Henry (Sir), born 1802 - died 1873 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel


Height: 50.2 cm estimate, Width: 66.1 cm estimate, Height: 81 cm frame dimensions, Width: 96.5 cm frame dimensions, Depth: 7 cm frame dimensions

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting depicting numerous breeds of dog entitled 'A Jack in Office' by Edwin Henry Landseer. Great Britian, ca. 1833.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 144-45


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Dogs; Humour


Paintings; Anthropomorphism; Images Online


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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