The animal painter Maud Earl continued a family tradition of animal painting, her father George Earl and grandfather both being in the same line of business. She exhibited about a dozen works at the Royal Academy, starting with a picture of stags called Early Morning in 1884. However, her great strength was dogs, and these form the bulk of her oeuvre. She painted many of the more important sporting dogs, hunting dogs, and various Royal dog portraits. Much of her work tended to the sentimentalised, of the 'plucky little dog with rat in ornamental landscape' type. Such things were popular with the late Victorian public, and several were reproduced as engravings.
She lived mainly in London, with a studio in Elm Tree Road NW, but also spent time in America, with a studio base at 590 Fifth Avenue, New York. Her work tends to be in the more sporting collections of pictures, but a good example is in the Russell Cotes Museum, called Deer in the Park, Morning.
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