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1840 - 1884
THE LATEST ON THE DOG TAX
Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1872
Image size: 10 x 14 inches
The painting depicts the two dogs finding out about the "Dog Tax", the Terrier is reading all about it in the "The Dundee Observer". This was grave news for the dogs that might have to go if the owners could not afford the tax.
In the picture the newspaper and the Tam O' Shanter on the chair help to point out that this is set in Scotland. The dogs may have belonged to Geddes friend a vicar in the area. On the back of the painting a hand wriiten note says "To the Reverend William Fraser in token of respect from the artist".
Practically it was a nullity, except in the case of those who paid it voluntarily. Comparatively very few in the north of Scotland paid the dog tax, though hundreds—in deed, you might say thousands of dogs were roaming about the country. Every cottier was in the habit of keeping one or more dogs, though many of those cottiers found it difficult to find sufficient food for themselves and their families. The consequence was these dogs roamed about to find food which their owners were unable to give them, and found it at the expense of the farmers.
|Height||10.00 inch||(25.40 cm)|
|Width||14.00 inch||(35.56 cm)|