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The story of how this very rich chap’s dog ended up in the Scottish National Gallery is totally barking The Poke

Our thanks to a chap called Matthew on Twitter who shared this portrait of a dog that can be found in the Scottish National Gallery – and the gallery’s explanation of how it ended up there.

Here’s the portrait.

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And here’s the explanation of how it got there. And if you’re thinking it might not be entirely on merit, you’d be right.

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‘Callum was a Dandie Dinmont terrier owned by James Cowan Smith who bequeathed £55,000 to the Gallery in 1919 on condition that Emm’s portrait should remain on permanent display.

Then an enormous sum, this legacy assisted the purchase of many important pictures, including Constable’s Dedham Vale, Sargent’s Lady Agnew and Goya’s El Medico.’

Brilliant.

And the comments it prompted aren’t bad either.

Maybe he should have added, ‘… and the gallery is not allowed to explain to visitors why they are looking at a portrait of my dog’. But then we’d have missed out on this rather wonderful story.

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