Monday, October 24, 2005

other dogs

A small footnote, but I read this quote by Murray Bail in The Guardian posted at Ramage:
It is only a matter of time in a Russian novel before a sturgeon arrives on a plate, a "fine sturgeon" or a "large sturgeon". It is like the appearance of bicycles in Irish novels, or the dog wagging its tail in every other Tom Roberts painting.

don't know much about Irish bicycles, but dogs in Roberts paintings?
Off-hand can only think of the Breakaway... even the iconic bailed up shearing the rams don't feature a dog, wagging or not.

anyway googling did not shed any light but did lead to this NGA Children's exhibition Dog (which only works here in IE)

Comments: other dogs

Flann O'Brien's molecule exchange theory
Posted by Francis Xavier Holden at October 24, 2005 07:48 PM

I always tought that was by McCubbin.
Posted by boynton at October 24, 2005 08:51 PM

aah McCubbin - didn't he do Afterbathing at Baxters?
Posted by Francis Xavier Holden at October 24, 2005 09:25 PM

No, but maybe
A Small Package of Value Will Come to You Shortly

(spot the canine)
Posted by boynton at October 24, 2005 10:44 PM

thanks Boynton for the visually happy time spent on Roberts via Google images and for the improvement in my knowledge of Roberts via
Posted by Brownie at October 25, 2005 01:01 PM

Well, they wouldn't allow me into the first parliament. And blowed (clever wool joke) if they would let me into the shearing shed.


PS: You might consult my friend Irish Rover about bicycles in his books.
Posted by Fido at October 25, 2005 02:09 PM

Yes - the Festival looks good, Brownie.

Hmmm - must be a line about a bare-bellied-cujo going begging in there, not to mention a drover's dog...

(And forgot that Roberts' nickname was Bulldog)

"In a letter dated 6 November 1903, he says the work is nearly finished and includes a drawing of a bulldog (Roberts’ nickname was “Bulldog”) escaping from a collar and chain"

Posted by boynton at October 25, 2005 05:02 PM

Roberts: "A song then, Streeton."

Streeton: "Hey Bulldog?"
Posted by Tony.T at October 25, 2005 05:30 PM

Sorry - Working 9x5, Smike.
Posted by boynton at October 25, 2005 06:58 PM

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