This is a link to a portrait of Looty. Royal Collection – Looty
But a very long time ago on a private art list I came across an oil on millboard painting of a white and sable King Charles Spaniel – from 1867, that looked very, well, Pekingeezish.
The date really struck me, because the Pekingese breed had yet to be recognized in Britain, (there were only 5 individuals) and yet this looked like possibly a Peke painting that had been misnamed . . . unless truly this is a representative of a white and sable King Charles Spaniel of that time. The color of the dog struck me as well. White and sable has never been recognized, even in the earliest history, in the King Charles Spaniel breed.
I have just found another artists remake of this piece that I can link to for all to see.
So, give me some theories. How did this Peke mix lookalike show up in a painting from 1867 with the title "A King Charles Spaniel".
I wish I could find more about the original painting – Alfred Corbould (original artist) lived 1831-1875.