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Monkeys and Dogs Playing

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Barlow is the earliest known British-born animal painter. He began a tradition that reached a high-point in the work of George Stubbs a century later. During Barlow’s lifetime animal paintings were still largely associated with decorative arts and the interior design of houses. This painting, like many animal pictures, was probably produced to hang over a door. The spaniels shown here may be portraits of particular dogs, so the painting may have been commissioned by their owner.

Tate Britain

London

  • Date

    1661

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    105.5 x 132 cm

  • Accession number

    T05572

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1989

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Millbank, London, Greater London SW1P 4RG England

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