Original works of art
| Alexander Pope Jr.
|(American, 1849 -1924 )
Alexander Pope was known as an animal painter and sculpture, and he did a
number of large scale portraits of sporting dogs. Pope was a student of art
from an early age, drawing animals by the age of seven. He was self taught with
the exception of some study in anatomy with a Dr. William Rimmer, and by the
time he was twenty, he was an accomplished wood carver.
Early in his career, Pope specialized in “trompe l’oeil” still
lives, a painting convention which is intended to “trick the eye”
by illusionistic effects. He also did portraits of people as well as studies
of dead game. Pope spent much of his time studying animals in the zoological
gardens in New York, Philadelphia and Bridgeport, Connecticut. He published
a portfolio of prints entitled “Upland Game Birds and Water Fowls of the
United States”, as well as the afore mentioned “Celebrated Dogs
of The United States”.