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Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin (1870-1935) Original (not repro) Rare Coloured Lithograph Bulldog puppy smoking a clay pipe. 1902. Picture in original Dog Kennel style frame. Provenance "Gifted pre WW2 to the vendor's paternal Grandfather, who was Gardener at Heacham Hall, Norfolk, UK. The home of the Neville-Rolfe family, descendants of John Rolfe, who married the Algonquin Princess Pocahontas."

Rare Cecil Aldin Lithograph Of Bulldog Smoking Pipe In Original Kennel Frame

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  • Cecil Aldin's father was a keen amateur artist, so he started drawing at a very young age. He studied art at the studio of Albert Moore and then the National Art Training School which later became The Royal College of Art. After this, he spent a summer with the fine animal painter and teacher, Frank Calderon. In 1892 he bombarded the illustrated periodicals with his illustrations and thereby started a long association with The Illustrated London News. He was commissioned by The Pall Mall Budget in 1894 to illustrate "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling.

    At the invitation of the fine genre painter, Walter Dendy Sadler he stayed at Chiddingstone where he made close friends with Phil May, John Hassall, Lance Thackeray, and along with them Dudley Hardy, and Tom Browne, they founded the London Sketch Club. The birth of his son and daughter inspired his nursery pictures which together with his large sets of the Fallowfield Hunt, Bluemarket Races, Harefield Harriers, and Cottesbrook Hunt prints brought him much popularity. This was enhanced by his ever-expanding book and magazine illustrative work.

    An exhibition in Paris in 1909 was received with much acclaim and extended his fame to a wider audience. Aldin moved to the Henley area as his interest in hunting, horses, and dogs increased and in 1910 he became Master of the South Berkshire Hunt as well as being associated with other local packs. During the First World War, he lost his son, Dudley at Vimy Ridge in 1917.

    After the war, Aldin spent much of his time organizing pony and dog shows particularly in Exmoor where he followed the Devon and Somerset Staghounds. In the 1920?s, he added further prints of hunting scenes to create a series of "The Hunting Countries" as well as concentrating on his ever-popular studies of his own (and visiting?) dogs. In 1930 Cecil Aldin had to go and live in a warmer climate due to his arthritis but he continued to paint, producing some of his best work. He died in 1935.

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