Velvet & I decided to join together her love for pets & my love for the Victorian Era together to create a site called "Victorian Velvet". Here you'll see how the Victorians felt about their pets. With exquisite artwork, portraying the love & harmonious companionship between them. Please click on pictures below to see their full splendor! Enjoy!
W A B Coolidge, the great scholar of Victorian mountaineering was regularly accompanied on his alpine expeditions by his dog.
Together they made sixty-six major and one hundred minor climbs!
In the Victorian era the dog was far and away the most popular domestic pet, with many new breeds being introduced into Britain. As a result, dogs feature in many paintings and books, often depicted with degree of sentimentality. By contrast, cats were not particularly popular and so images of cats by Victorian artists are unusual. Hedley's cat, framed by potted plants and wild roses, reflect the romantic vision of cottage life current in the 1880s. (Picture of cat below).
During Victorians time pets began to be as popular as they are today. It was said that no house was a home without a dog or cat. Sometimes, Victorians showed their love of their animals in ways that we would think strange: when your dog died you might have him stuffed so that he could sit in the parlour and be with you forever! Also, funerals for your dog or cat could be more posh than human ones, with hymns and poems. There were pet graveyards in some parks as well as at many stately homes. As well as dogs and cats, Victorians kept birds, parrots, goldfish, rats and mice, much like today.
Queen Victoria's love for animals were legendary. Collie's especially were her favorite, so much so, that she took to breeding them. Sir Edwin Landseer, Gourlay Steell, Charles Burton Barber and Maud Earl are but a few of the artists who painted portraits of her faithful pets. We shall look at these paintings, symbols of canine affection, and how they were a comfort to her in everyday life.