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William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77)

Effigy of Sir W. Scott's favourite dog Maida, by the side of the hall door at Abbotsford [Sun Pictures In Scotland] 1844

Salted paper print | 11.4 x 16.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2600333

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Photograph of a stone statue of a dog facing right, lying down with its head raised. The statue depicts Sir Walter Scott's favourite dog, Maida.  

There is a Latin inscription at the base of the statue that reads: 'Maidæ marmoreâ dormis sub imagine Maida' and continuing on the other side (not visible in the photograph) 'Ante fores domini sit tibi terra levis'. This translates to: ''Beneath the sculptured form which late you bore,/ Sleep soundly Maida at your master's door'
  • Creator(s)

    William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
  • 11.4 x 16.4 cm (image)

    30.6 x 23.8 cm (page dimensions)

  • Effigy of Sir W. Scott's favourite dog Maida, by the side of the hall door at Abbotsford

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

    'Sun Pictures in Scotland' was available via subscription. In the list of subscribers, Queen Victoria is the first name listed.

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • The Borders [Scotland]
              • Abbotsford [Borders]
                • Abbotsford House
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture
          • Statues
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Dogs