'Table d'Hote at a Dogs' Home' by John Charles Dollman

dogs of different breeds around a feeding trough

This humorous picture captures a dog's life at meal time. Dollman (1851-1934) was an English painter of imaginative subjects and often included animals in his amusing compositions. At a trough, eating, growling and begging are dogs of various breeds and sizes eager to get started on dinner.

The painting was described in ‘The Angus’ in 1880 alongside a 19th century ballad by Bill Primrose:

And in the town a dog was found,
As many dogs there be,
Both mongrel, puppy, whelp and hound,
And curs of low degree.

This painting, which is not currently on display, is from the Walker Art Gallery's collection.

  • Oil paint on canvas, painted in 1879
  • Purchased in 1880
  • Accession number WAG 2275