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Manchesters in Art

Gentleman on Bay Hunter
Artist: Ben Marshall

The Rat Catcher and his Dogs
Artist: Thomas Woodward
Exhibited in 1824

The village rat-catcher, taking a rest on the steps, is identified not only by the cage containing live vermin by his side, but by his unusual hat-band, portraying his prey. A cat stalking the caged rats, disregarded by the man absorbed in playing with his terriers, introduces a note of humour to the scene. The purpose of the rat-catcher's occupation was probably straightforward pest control, although 'ratting' - when dogs competed to kill live rats in a pit - was a popular blood sport.  Woodward was employed as an animal painter by Queen Victoria but he also produced landscapes and historical subjects. (Painting now part of the Tate Collection)

Artist: Thomas Barker of Bath

Engraving from The Farrier and Naturalist
Published in 1828

"The most distinct varieties [of terrier] are, the crooked legged and straight-legged ; their colours generally black, with taned legs and muzzle, a spot of the same colour over each eye ; though they are sometimes reddich fallow or white-pied."


The Princess Victoria in Kensington Gardens, 1828

Princess Victoria As A Girl
Artist: Richard Westall

The artist, who was Princess Victoria's drawing master, portrayed her aged 11 sketching from nature. Seated on a bank by a stream in a wooded landscape with a classical urn behind, she appears innocently unaware that she is being observed. Her bonnet is discarded at her feet and her favourite terrier, Fanny, is at her side.



Artexerxes (Age 12 Years)
Artist: F.C. Turner
Engraver: R.G. Reeve
Engraved 1835-1837

Published in The dogs of the British Islands
By author John Henry Walsh (1872) but dated considerably earlier

John Alfred Wheeler

Art: Paul Powis
circa 1844

Charles Dickins Langley

Ratting at "The Graham Arms", Graham Street, London in the mid-1800s

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