The Rough Collie “Bruce”, oil for Albert Payson Terhune (American, 1872-1942) by Marguerite Kirmse (English, 1885-1954)
An oil on canvas of Albert Payson Terhune’s Rough Collie “Bruce” on the bench at a dog show by Marguerite Kirmse (English, 1885-1954). This was famously illustrated to the cover of Terhune’s 1920 book “Bruce” published Grosset & Dunlap, New York. Terhune was popular for his novels relating the adventures of his beloved collies and as a breeder of collies at his Sunnybank Kennels. The books were chiefly illustrated by Marguerite Kirmse. Signed bottom right “Marguerite Kirmse”. American, circa 1920.
Terhune wrote of Bruce,
“SHE was beautiful. And she had a heart and a soul--which were a curse. For without such a heart and soul, she might have found the tough life-battle less bitterly hard to fight.
But the world does queer things--damnable things--to hearts that are so tenderly all-loving and to souls that are so trustfully and forgivingly friendly as hers.
Her "pedigree name" was Rothsay Lass. She was a collie--daintily fragile of build, sensitive of nostril, furrily tawny of coat. Her ancestry was as flawless as any in Burke's Peerage.
If God had sent her into the world with a pair of tulip ears and with a shade less width of brain-space she might have been cherished”
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