Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Rosie, in the barn

Rosie lives at the same farm as yesterday's piglets and is shown here in oils on panel. Small terriers like Rosie were first bred by the Reverend John Russell, a parson and hunting enthusiast born in 1795, and they can trace their origin to the now extinct English White terrier. Difficulty in distinguishing the dog from the creature it was hunting, brought about the need for a mostly white dog, and so in 1819 - during his last year of university at Oxford - he bought a small white and tan terrier female named Trump from a milkman and thus the history of the Jack Russell Terrier began. Here's Trump: