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Cecil Aldrin Section
From a 1932 publication showing Cecil Aldin and two of his dogs, Cracker and Mickie.
1 SLEEPING PARTNERS 1929
Aldrin first published a Hardcover book entitled Sleeping Partners in 1929. Cracker was a very special dog. The white bull terrier, with a black spot over one eye and a comical disposition, became the most famous canine model in the world because he was the bosom pal and leading professional model of illustrator Cecil Aldin. In Aldin’s studio, Cracker found his book companion and “straight man” Micky, the Irish Wolfhound, who was generally to be seen stretched on a sofa. The pair became sleeping partners; hence the title of a series of drawings made over many months and published in book form, with no text except for one-word captions under each picture.
2. DOGS OF CHARACTER 1930
Antique, bevel-matted LITHOGRAPH from a book of drawings (DOGS OF CHARACTER) illustrated by Cecil Aldin, and published 1930..
Cecil Aldin, successful in his own time as an illustrator of books and magazines, a painter, and a writer, was born in Slough, England in 1870 His art featured one of his lifelong passions, hunting. Aldin became famous for his watercolors and prints of foxhunting scenes in the English countryside, as well as his portrayal of the dogs, horses, and animals that were the center of these activities.
Aldin, whose art has become increasingly popular over the years, is especially appreciated today for his special talent drawing dogs. Aldin, like Lucy Dawson, was able to capture the true character of the many dogs and breeds he studied. Aldin's talents, greatly appreciated by his contemporaries, resulted in a wide array of collectibles available today that bear his famous dog images.
3. OLD FOLKS AT HOME 1934
A really charming old print titled "Old Folk At Home. .Label on the back reads "Old Folks At Home By Cecil Aldin. From a book plate published 1934
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