Monday, July 23, 2012

Pierre Lorrillard IV and Brittanys

Found this photo of Pierre Lorrillard IV, the American tobacco magnate with a Brittany.  Lorrillard was know for his Rancocas Stables (Jobstown, NJ) and Kennels. His kennels in the latter 1880's consisted primarily of Black and Tan setters.

Lorrillard was based in the New York City area and had a home in Tuxedo Park, NY. See the link for the Tuxedo Club which he founded in Tuxedo Park, NY.

Originally, I had dated this photo from the 1920's due to the hat and furniture in the photo, however, this Lorrillard (the IV) passed away in New York City in 1901, thus the photo likely was taken in the 1890's or 1900.  Harris & Ewing Company, based in Washington D. C. took the photograph.  H & E was a well known photography company in the latter 1800's and early 1900's.  They photographed dignitaries, including U. S. Presidents, celebrities, as well as, noncelebrities.   In their archives are photos of Presidents T. Roosevelt, Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover with their pet dogs. There are also a number of photos in their archives of other people with their dogs and some dog show photography.  I found this photo in the Library of Congress archives in Washington D. C. and subsequently noticed copies of this photograph can be purchased on and elsewhere on the internet.  There was no copyright on this photo stored at the Library of Congress.

What is interesting about the Brittany in this photo is that this dog breed was not recognized by the American Kennel Club until the 1930's.   Although a Red and White setter dog breed can be found in the British Isles, there is an occasional reference in the early American field trial history to smaller (under 50 pounds) orange and white pointers.  Lorrillard held the position as President of the Eastern Field Trial Club. He was also a field trial judge.  This particular dog reminds me of my own Brittany, Montana, who died 3 weeks ago at the age of 15 years.

Pierre Lorrillard IV was also a thoroughbred race horse owner and had American and European champion horses.  Also, he coauthored a book about Mayan archeology in Mexico after funding an archeological expedition to that location. 

An excerpt from the website NewYorkSocialDiaries refers to the photo: "Pierre Lorillard with his dog. Mr. Lorillard traveled with his dogs and horses. His yacht towed an auxiliary two-story boat equipped with stables and kennels, thus arriving at Jekyll Island ready for the hunt." The reference is to the Gilded Age estates on Jekyll Island which is now owned by the State of Georgia.  Upland game bird hunting became very popular with club sportsmen in the latter 1800's.  

Also view:  Handmade Houseboats, see Chapter 1, Page 2, 1st paragraph re:  Pierre Lorrillard's houseboat "Caiman".  

Educated Dogs

Funny from 1875!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bearded Collies - Historical Website

Browsing through some herding dog websites I found the following which I thought had some interesting photos of the Bearded Collie from the early 1900's:

Although not an expert,  when I have attended all-breed dog shows in the United States, the Bearded Collie people are an interesting bunch.  Sitting in the background with my own dogs who are not Bearded Collies and somewhat removed from the show ring, I have had an opportunity to watch some of the different groups of dog people.  The Bearded Collie fanciers tend to casually congregate with their dogs and do not seem to notice the world around them.  They also do not seem to notice or care who else is in the nearby show rings. However, the Beardies themselves, not their owners, manifest an attentiveness to their surroundings which their owners do not appear to exhibit.  The persona of the Bearded Collie people is that of a jovial group which is a characteristic shared with their dog breed.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Kate Abbott Sanborn-American Author

Kate Sanborn (1839-1917) was a New Englander from New Hampshire.  She wrote a number of books beween 1869 and 1916.  Only one of those books was about dogs and that was her last book written in 1916:  Educated Dogs of To-Day.  The early 1900's was a time when very few books about dogs were written by women.  The subject matter covers primarily service dogs.  Although the book does not address training techniques directly, the various types of service dogs which were common in 1916  are discussed.  There are some sections that review hunting dogs and popular hunting venues for that era.  The book includes interesting quotes at the beginning of each chapter, as well as, old photos.  My guess is that Miss Sanborn found a temporary niche during war time to write and publish the book.  In general, dog books written by women did not begin to appear in the United States until the 1920's and remained scarce until years later.

She was known for other types of books such as The Wit of Women (1885) and Adopting an Abandoned Farm (1888).  Her career was teaching of English Literature and writing/editing in New Hampshire, St. Louis, MO, Massachussetts, and New York City.  She was a professor at Smith College in Massachussetts between 1880 and 1883.  Her papers and letters are archived at Smith College. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Vinton P. Breese - Painter


1879 (Newark, New Jersey)


1940 (Orange, New Jersey)

Painter specializing in dogs.

American Kennel Club

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Brittany History in the United States

Last year my brief introduction to the topic after review of some information in the public domain.
Around this time in 2011, I contacted the French Brittany Club in France to inquire about details of the introduction of the Brittany into the USA:

100 Year Anniversary - Brittany dog show video fom Rennes, France (1946?) taken by New Yorker Alan Stuyvesant:

(Posted on YouTube by BretonFan)

Both Alan Stuvesant and separately Louis Thebaud of New Jersey were key for the introduction of the Brittany into the United States and the American Kennel Club in the 1930's.

Prior to this in the 1919-1920 timeframe, Thebaud was principally responsible for introducing the Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon into the United States and developing an American breed standard:

He owned Pointing Griffon champion in 1920:  Marquis De Merlimont, AKC Registration;