Cornelius Krieghoff

The Pets and the Materials

1860
This charming painting is unique in Cornelius Krieghoff's oeuvre. Two spaniels frolic among the remains of what appears to have been a splendid feast, where a group of friends have eaten, drunk and smoked to their heart's content. Each element is immediately recognizable, which adds to the work's appeal. The artist gave it as a Christmas gift to his Quebec City friends Anny, Christopher and Robert O'Connor, as a token of his esteem.
Title
The Pets and the Materials
Date
1860
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
26.8 x 31.8 cm (oval image); frame: 40.7 x 47 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of Leanora D. McCarney, Ottawa, 1987, in memory of her parents Ethel and Frank De Rice
Accession number
29785

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