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The Pointer In Art

Perhaps the most gratifying way to study the history and physical evolution of the Pointer is through art, as depicted over the centuries around the world.

Earliest identifiable Pointers appeared on walls of Egyptian tombs 3000 years ago. Painters from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in France and Great Britain later dominated the scene, beginning with French court artists Desportes (1661-1743) and Oudry (1686-1755). Their Pointers are superb renderings of a breed type as pure then as today. French "Les Animaliers" such as Mene, created bronze figures which literally brought the Pointer to life in the 19th century.

The breed concentrated and evolved to its highest pure bred form in England, where Tillemans, Stubbs, Alken, Ansdell, George Earl and Landseer recorded the dogs at work. Oftentimes the only hint given that we are not viewing a contemporary scene are the costumes worn by the men with the firearms.

The late 19th and entire 20th century produced some of the most remarkable artists from France, Italy, Great Britain and America. See the power of Maud Earl's Pointers, the eye of the artist evident in Ward Binks' dogs, the style and dash of Leon Danchin, and the absolute purity of Marguerite Kirmse's dogs in the field. What a wealth of visual history to perceive! Discover the magic of the pointer through art in all its forms.



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