The Life of Lucy Dawson

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The Life of Lucy Dawson
"Lucy Dawson (who also worked under the name of 'Mac') was famous primarily for her portrait work and etching, but she was also one of the most talented and, until recently, under-rated dog artists of the early twentieth century. Lucy Dawson worked in pencil, pen, ink and oil, but was mainly known for her work in pastels. She lived in Bristol until about 1930, and then moved to London after the death of her husband. In the late 1930s, she moved again to Hertfordshire, where she stayed until she died just before her eightieth birthday. She enjoyed regular commissions and one of her most famous requests was from the Royal family who took her to the Royal Lodge at Windsor to paint their favourite corgi, Dookie. This painting was later reproduced as a family Christmas card for the Windsor’s. She also produced many dog postcards and Wills Cigarettes also commissioned her to do a set of cards in the 1940s. These cards were, as usual, most endearing but particularly her captions on the rear of the cards. These show how she had a rapport with each dog who modeled for her eg “Judy (a spaniel) spent a day with me alone at my studio; we became great friends in a short time. I hope to renew her friendship very soon as she was a charming model and a perfect lady. I think she approved of the visit.”
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