The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Brizo, A Shepherd's Dog
  • Rosa Bonheur (1822 - 1899)
  • Brizo, A Shepherd's Dog
  • France
  • 1864
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 46.1 x 38.4 cm
    Object size: 62.5 x 55 x 8 cm
  • Inscription: BRIZ[letter reversed]O
    Signature: 'rb / 64'
  • P365
  • Hall
Further Reading
  • The dog is a female otterhound. Otterhounds were usually kept in packs and the breed is an unusual choice for a shepherd’s dog, although the Kennel Club describes otterhounds as ‘aimiable and even-tempered’. The reference to a shepherd’s dog in the title dates from the first catalogue of the Wallace Collection’s paintings, published in 1900, rather than earlier inventories. The inscription has been crudely added, probably by a later hand. Brizo was an ancient Greek goddess, the protector of sailors and fishermen