A Great Dane, called 'Turpin'
Thomas Stringer (Knutsford 1722 – 1790)
This animal has been identified as a harlequin Great Dane, an early North European (but not English) breed. Thomas Stringer, whose two sons, Samuel and Daniel, also painted, lived in Knutsford, not far from Dunham Massey, where this picture, and its pair, now hang. The artist was paid for this picture, and restoring others, in 1778.
Oil painting on canvas, A Great Dane, called 'Turpin' by Thomas Stringer (1722 – 1790), 1778. A full-length portrait of a dog, a Harlequin Great Dane, an early North European, not English, breed, facing right with tail curled, in a landscape setting, trees on the left, distant horizon with cloudy sky to the right.
A bill of 26 October 1778 (George Cooke): "Paid Mr Thomas Stringer for taking two Picktures of the Dog Turpin and repairing other Picktures 9.2.6.";bBequeathed to the National Trust with the house, estate and all the contents of Dunham Massey by Roger Grey, 10th Earl of Stamford (1896 - 1976)
Makers and roles
Thomas Stringer (Knutsford 1722 – 1790), artist