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Print made by unknown artist
after William Heath, 1795–1840
Chance. The London Firemen's Dog
Materials & Techniques:
Lithograph on smooth, moderately thick, white wove paper
Sheet: 10 3/4 × 11 1/4 inches (27.3 × 28.6 cm), Image: 7 3/4 × 9 3/4 inches (19.7 × 24.8 cm)

Lettered, upper center: "THE LONDON FIREMENS DOG Drawn from Life by WILLIAM HEATH"; lower center: "CHANCE | STOP ME NOT, BUT ONWARD LET ME JOG. | FOR I AM THE LONDON FIREMENS DOG."; lower center: "This Dog is by right the property of a Weaver in Spital Fields, who lost him a few years ago, when going to see a Fire which broke out in the | Neighbourhood was surprised to see his long lost dog very busy among the firemen, he claimed & Chained him up, but on regaining his liberty | returned to the London fire Establishment which he makes his head quarters, on a fire occurring he invariably goes round to the different stations & gives | them intimation that there is a fire to be attended to Starts with the Engines & is seen scrambling amidst fire & water running from one Engine to another the | busiest of the busy he was particularly remarked at the late fire in Westminster from the Night of the 16th until the Sunday following the above inscription is engraved on his Collar. | which was subscribed for by the Men of the London establsment who are very proud of their canine Friend"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
animal art | historical subject
Associated Places:
City of Westminster | England | London | Palace of Westminster | United Kingdom
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