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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries

A Jack in Office

Oil Painting
ca. 1833 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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'.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
oil on panel
Brief Description
Oil painting depicting numerous breeds of dog entitled 'A Jack in Office' by Edwin Henry Landseer. Great Britian, ca. 1833.
Physical Description
Oil painting depicting numerous breeds of dog in an office
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 50.2cm
  • Estimate width: 66.1cm
  • Frame dimensions height: 81cm
  • Frame dimensions width: 96.5cm
  • Frame dimensions depth: 7cm
Style
Credit line
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Object history
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Subjects depicted
Summary
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'.
Bibliographic Reference
Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 144-45
Collection
Accession Number
FA.94[O]

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record createdMay 13, 2003
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