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Benedictus Antonio van Assen (1767 - 1817, fl. c.1788)
Portrait of Fanny
Museum number: P159
This beautifully detailed portrait of Mrs Soane's Manchester Terrier shows her sitting on a fringed hearth-rug, presumably somewhere in No 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields. The British Manchester Terrier Club noted in their 2012 exhibition leaflet that it 'shows her as a typical small black and tan Manchester Terirer type with fine limbs and happily without the cropped ears that were fashionable in the early 19th century'. The artist, Van Assen, worked for Soane on a regular basis, often sketching in the figures in large architectural perspectives.
Leaflet guide produced to accompany an exhibition at The Kennel Club Art Gallery by The British Manchester Terrier Club, A Terrier's Tale: The Manchester Terrier through History, 6th February - 20th June 2012, no. 10
The Soanes at Home: A Day in the Life of Regency London, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 24 October 1997 - 29 February 1998
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