Busy Bodies and Busy Bees

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An animal study situated in a shed or barn. In the centre of the picture are three dogs. On the left, a Jack Russell, white with a black spot on its back, stretches up with one paw on a stone ledge. On it is a large overturned earthenware pot, in which some plants have been growing. It now forms a hive for some bees, several of which crawl on the ledge. A second Jack Russell dog, in the centre, sniffs at the bees. Both dogs wear collars. Beneath the ledge is a small brown long-haired mongrel dog, who sniffs at a bee on the ground. In the bottom left corner is an overturned wooden pail. On the right, disappearing behind a corner, is a white dog, being closely pursued by a bee.

Wollaton Hall



Busy Bodies and Busy Bees




oil on canvas


H 91.4 x W 114.3 cm

Accession number

NCM 1892-49

Acquisition method

gift from Alderman John Renals, JP, 1892

Work type



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Wollaton Hall & Deer Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG8 2AE England

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