After a pleasant lunch – scallopine alla limone, if you are interested – I popped into the Wallace Collection.
I find the Watteau’s to be painful but the corners of the House are full of odd and wonderful curios, as well as a perfect Rembrandt.
As I wandered around the House my eye was caught by the paintings of animals – mostly dogs, some horses, and one lone cat on a tapestry. I found myself wondering, “Which animal was painted first? The dog or the cat?”
Did we first paint the hunter’s companion or the deity? Man’s best friend or the enemy of mice?
Rover or Tiddles?
I think it was the hunter’s lunch that was painted first. Bison or horses eg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chauvethorses.jpg
Yes, cave paintings show us the food, but not the pets 🙂
That’s what happens when you let Cousin Sven near the paint.