‘The Pug Heritage and Art’ is without doubt the most beautiful and special book on the breed. In a luxurious large hardcover format all the cultural aspects of the intriguing bond between the Pug and mankind will be extensively covered, from the breed’s arrival in the West until the present day in every country of importance. The scores of breathtaking illustrations alone make this book a once in a lifetime publication on the Pug.
It is difficult to find another breed which has been the subject of more artistic devotion, expressed in literally all possible art forms. The Pug even attracts the attention of art lovers and collectors worldwide who are never likely to own ‘the real thing’. Surely this provides the best possible evidence of the special role the breed has played in the life of people who have made history and movements which are still seen as essential in the cultural development of Western society.
The life of the Pug at various courts (Russian, Dutch, British, French and Swedish), the role the breed played in Freemasonry, or in the Victorian era in which the Pug proved to be a perfect model for the dramatic change in the way pet animals were perceived.
Almost all artists who are contemporary with this era have captured the breed on canvas or board, and one must not forget the sheer quality of Pug figures in porcelain from Meissen, Dresden, Nymphenburg, Chelsea, Bow, Royal Worcester and many other important British and Continental manufacturers. Further chapters look at photographs, postcards, 20th century bronzes, the black Pug and other areas special to the breed. Extra information is given in the tributes to the various unique American and European private collections.
Review bij Simon Parsons in Dog World (UK), Read more