Survey Says...

William Hogarth, ‘The Painter and his Pug’ 1745

...Hogarth first began this self-portrait in the mid-1730s. X-rays have revealed that, at this stage, it showed the artist in a formal coat and wig. Later, however, he changed these to the more informal cap and clothes seen here. The oval canvas containing Hogarth’s self-portrait appears propped up on volumes of Shakespeare, Swift and Milton, authors who inspired Hogarth’s own commitment to drama, satire and epic poetry. Hovering above the surface of his palette is the ‘Line of Beauty and Grace’, which underpinned Hogarth’s own theories on art. Hogarth’s pug dog, Trump, whose features resemble his, serves as an emblem of the artist’s own pugnacious character.

Okay, so how about this one...

Which of these royal people did NOT have a pug?
     Edward VIII
     Queen Victoria
     Elizabeth I
     Marie Antoinette

Many royalty have owned pugs, including Queen Victoria and Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI of France. In fact, it was William of Orange and Queen Mary who are credited with originating the "pug craze" among Europeans in the seventeenth century. As the story goes, William and Mary brought pugs with them to England in 1788, and the country quickly became captivated by the unusual little dogs. It became fashionable to carry around a pug as sort of an accessory, and the little grunters could often be found on royal laps.  Our question is...What was 
Elizabeth I's problem...why would you not want a pug sitting on your royal lap?

This Complete Idiot's Guide has the low down on Edward VII and Queen Victoria.
Marie Antoinette was one of the most celebrated queens in history…but she was once a little girl, too. As told by her vain but devoted dog, Sebastian, here is the story of the young princess's life--from her childhood in Austria, to the elaborate preparations leading to her marriage to Louis XVI; from her unhappy rise to power in turbulent times, to the birth of her own children. Lynn Cullen's spirited text sheds light on a side of Marie Antoinette few have seen--that of a vulnerable young girl thrust into a role much bigger than she could have imagined. Stunning illustrations by Amy Young capture the grandeur of life in 18th century Versailles and the touching intimacy of a child's lasting love for her pet.

So, find yourself a Pug and Hug a Pug!!

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