'Girl with Dogs' 1893
Charles Burton Barber (1845 – 1894)
Oil on canvas
91.5 x 71.5cm
This is one of many child and dog paintings done by Barber towards the end of his life. These somewhat sentimental works were very popular with the dealers and were often reproduced as chromolithographs (coloured lithograph prints).
In this painting, a young girl carries two puppies in her skirts, watched anxiously by their protective mother. This image was first used as a Lever Brothers advertisement in around 1901, when it was entitled ‘The Family Wash’.