Cecil Aldin (1870-1935) was a British illustrator who loved to draw dogs.
He illustrated a book called Sleeping Partners featuring his dogs "Cracker," a white bull terrier, and "Micky," a dark Irish wolfhound.
Micky was the tolerant type who would let his buddy walk all over him.
One of Aldin's teachers was Frank Calderon, who wrote one of the best books on animal anatomy.
He used his own dogs and those of his friends for models.
He called his own dogs "The Professionals" and visiting dogs "The Amateurs."
He would let them run loose in his big studio and wait patiently for them to settle into a sleeping position. He often did a quick outline from life and then elaborated it from memory later.
Aldin's dogs became so famous from his drawings that they received their own fan mail. When at last the bull terrier died, The Times wrote an obituary:
Cracker, the bull terrier, for many years the beloved companion and favourite model of the late Cecil Aldin, died July 31st, Mallorca. Deeply mourned.
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