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- subject matching 'Pets and animals'
The appearance of pets and animals in portraits can give clues to a sitter's lifestyle or social status. Sometimes they are used by the artist or the sitter as accessories, fashion statements or to add interest to a composition. Their appearance can also serve as a symbolic reference. A selection of images that depict real pets and animals or representations of animals. See also: 'Shells and fossils', 'Transport and vehicles - Animals' (Accessory), 'Fur accessories' (Dress) and 'Taxidermy' (Theme)
attributed to Isaac Oliver
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1590
by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1665