Core Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: John William Bailey
A Champion English Bulldog Named "Grabber"
by John William Bailey (1831-1914)
1 3/4 inches diameter
enamel on porcelain, set in a gold mount
About the Artist: John William Bailey was born in London, the son of a tanner. He received his early education at Stratford-on-Avon, and later received artistic training under William Essex. Like Essex, he worked mostly in enamel and is known most for his portraits of dogs and other animals. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Society of British Artists, and the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers (a/k/a the Royal Miniature Society), from 1859 through 1889. He typically signed and dated his works to the reverse, using the abbreviated signature of "J. W. Bailey". Listed by Arturi Phillips (page 23), Benezit, Blättel (pages 114, 115), Foskett (page 483) and Schidlof (page 58).