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  • Place of origin:

    London (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870-1879 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Elwes, Alfred Thomas, born 1819 - died 1888 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Alfred Thomas Elwes was born ca.1842 in Leghorn, Tuscany, Italy. He married Kate Barnard on 15 October 1873 in Gravesend, Kent and died some time after 1901. He was a natural history artist.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing on paper by Alfred Thomas Elwes. Features a boy standing in front of an easel holding a canvas. He paints a dog which poses on top of a chest. A cat, palette and brushes in the foreground. The illustration is movable: a hole has been cut out of the canvas painting and the head of the dog on the chest. Attached to the back of the sheet is a circular piece of paper which features dog heads with different facial expressions; when the circular sheet is moved round, the dog heads fit into place on the front of the illustration.

Place of Origin

London (drawn)


ca. 1870-1879 (drawn)


Elwes, Alfred Thomas, born 1819 - died 1888 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'A. T. Elwes Fect'
Artist's signature in ink on the bottom right hand corner of the illustration.

'Renier' and 'AR'
Written in ink on the back of the illustration.


Height: 27 cm sheet, Width: 32 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Watercolour drawing by Alfred Thomas Elwes, ca. 1870-1879.


Paper; Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Dogs; Easels; Canvas; Boys


Books; Illustration; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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