Lots of work went on here... Lady Bella Lenahan is delighted in presenting us with yet another Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece, from Thomas Cocker Catch: "Bawlleluia" (above). A choir of celestial pup-cherubs sing to the Lord: Sancti tui domine benedicent te gloriam regni tui dicent - Alleluya. ("Sing praises to God, sing praises: Sing praises unto our King, Sing praises, For God is King of all the earth: Sing praises with understanding". Psalm xlvii: 6 and 7). The real painting is in the Tate Gallery and is called "Aleluia", by Thomas Cooper Gotch, a late Pre-Raphaelite artist.
Bella and some friends, both virtual and real are represented here: Fred (Ela Gluchowska), Red Teddy, Boann (Verity DeBurca Daykin), Haatchi, and Estopinha. The others are unknown beautiful models that passed Bella's life one day or another: a tribute to all our beloved canines and their singular beauty!
Thanks to Wikimedia/Google Art Project once again and to the pups and their amazing masters!

Early morning post from Bella Lenahan's Art Gallery: "The Pup Enthroned" by Thomas Cocker Catch, one of th
e last Pre-Rapahelites, 1894. OK... The real painting is called "The Child Enthroned" by Thomas Cooper Gotch, 1894 indeed. Very pretty.

Tonight's masterpiece from Bella Lenahan's gallery is an original Jebusa Schnauzer, called "Magnolia". It portrays one of beautiful Bella's ancestors wearing a string of pearls, a lace dress and bearing fragrant magnolias in her hands and head. It is said that the lady portrayed took hours in the hairdresser to achieve her Art-Nouveau mane trim, which
seems indeed to defy the laws of physics (and metaphysics for that matter!). Based on "Magnolia" by James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923).

We have another addition to Bella Lenahan's Little Gallery of Dog Art today. Based on John William Waterhouse, "Saint Cecilia", here is John William Doghouse, "Saint Bellilia", the patroness of Musicians. JW Waterhouse was another artist who painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style, although his style also owes much to his contemporary Impressionist school. When he was born, the Brotherhood was already well established in the London's artistic scene. Thanks to Google Art Project/Wikimedia, for the high resolution file!

Today Bella Lenahan introduces us to "Bophelia", by John William Doghouse. Bophelia is a character from one of Barkspeare's play, "Omelette". In the human version of this play, she has a very tragic destiny, however, in the Canine world, her ending is very different indeed. Lady Bophelia does try to kill herself as well, but, instead of drowning she is miraculously saved by an Aqua Kong that she finds floating aimlessly in the river. She takes it
as a sign and decides to lead a new life from now on: no more Omelette for her, but a life full of meaning. Next thing tomorrow is going to the vet and getting neutered as all good dogs should do. The incident also generated the famous expression "saved by the kong".
(Based on John William Waterhouse's "Ophelia"...)

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