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In this painting the prolific and specialist canine artist Maud Earl captures the perfect coal-black coat of 'Rum Bess', with its distinctive markings of rich chestnut. Sir George Bullough was a keen breeder and successful exhibitor of sporting dogs, so much so that his strain of setters was known as Rum Gordons. At the 1902 Cruft’s International Dog Show in London, 'Rum Bess' won Best of Breed, finishing first in Classes 130 and 131. 'Rum Bess', out of Sir George’s Barkeval, was by his champion stud dog, 'Redruth Colonel', 'one of the grandest Gordon setters ever exhibited', the line originating from Gordon Castle Kennels, Moray, Scotland, after which the breed is named. Sir George’s father owned a brace of Black-and-tans: 'Pink' and 'Duchess'.
'Rum Bess', Gordon Setter
oil on canvas
H 65 x W 101 cm
purchased as part of Bullough Estate, 1957