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HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION
GREAT BRITAIN AND RELAND,
RAW DON B. LEE,
KENNEL EDITor of “THE FIELD,” AUTHOR OF THE HISTORIES OF
THE ILLUSTRATIONS BY ARTHUR WARDLE.
“FIELD " OFFICE, WINDSOR HOUSE, BREAM'S BUILDINGS,
IN the following pages an endeavour has been made to summarise the progress, and describe the varieties, of the dog as they are at present known, and, I believe, appreciated, in the British Isles. Without losing any of the early history, my wish has been to introduce matter bringing the subject up to date; not only so far as the work of dogs in the field is concerned, but as they are found as companions, and when winning, or attempting to win,
prizes in the show ring.
One or two new features have been introduced, or rather revived, the most important change being in connection with Mr. Wardle's illustrations. With two exceptions these are not portraits, although originally drawn from living examples. They are
breeds they represent. The reasons for this departure from modern custom will be obvious; and no doubt, for future reference, such pictures must be more useful than any portraits of individual dogs could be—dogs whose prominence before the public
is more or less ephemeral.
The exceptions are the drawings of the Greyhounds and of the Kerry Beagles. For the former, the extraordinary work of the two great greyhounds, “Master M'Grath '' and “ Fullerton,” could not be passed over; besides, they form an admirable example of how two hounds, totally different in make and shape, can be equally good in the field. This is the first occasion upon which an illustration of the Kerry Beagle has been published in a work of this kind. The drawing that faces page 97 is taken from a photograph kindly lent me by Mr. Clement Ryan, of Emly House, Tipperary, and is, I believe, quite successful in conveying an idea of
what a Kerry Beagle is like.
Following the precedent of other writers, a point
scale is included in the description of each breed of