As you can see, I have left off the hoop and chain, because I do not like the idea of chaining up dogs so didn't want this feature in my version. Also, despite my best endeavours, I have been unable to capture the greenish cast of Landseer's work. Still, it has been an interesting exercise and I have learnt a lot: that Landseer worked in layers and with glazing for example as well as alla prima in the same painting: the kennel and dog on the left were definitely painted in layers. The little white dog on the right in one go with a few strokes of a bristle brush. It would have been harder to discover this without trying to copy the work.
The bloodhound is called Grafton and the Westie is Scratch. Both dogs belonged to Jacob Bell who commissioned him to paint this. It was completed in 1839. The picture's composition parodies the Dutch portrait tradition, whereby the subject is framed by a window, with an arm or hand extending over the edge, just as the bloodhound's paw hangs over the edge of the kennel.
It is hard to imagine any painter of animals being so revered today - or any painter at all, really. Painting and animal paintings in particular are out of fashion. Dignity and Impudence is owned by the Tate but, as with many other “pet portraits” by Landseer and others, it is not on public display.