At least he is clearly warm and alive. Sir Edwin Landseer once famously painted a customer's dog after she had died: Jacob Bell had commissioned the famous Victorian artist to paint his beloved bloodhound, Countess. Landseer was a bit slow off the mark, however, and the poor Countess passed away. Bell turned up at Landseer's door with the deceased hound in his arms and Landseer apparently said - "an opportunity too good to miss! Go away and come back Thursday".
By which time the painting was done.
|Blood Hound Sleeping, by Sir Edwin Landseer|