The Irish Terrier “Fire-flyer”, enamel stick pin by John William Bailey (English, 1831 – 1914)
A enamel stick pin of a head study of the Irish Terrier “Fire-flyer” by John William Bailey (English, 1831 – 1914). Titled, signed and dated to the reverse “Fire-flyer J. W. Bailey 1895. English, 1895
Interestingly in 1895 Ludwig Beckmann reported that already in 1847 in Ireland they had started to breed an independent terrier, the ancestor of the current Irish Terrier.
John William Bailey was born in London, the son of a tanner. He received his early education at Stratford-on-Avon, and later received artistic training under William Essex (English 1784-1869). Like Essex, he worked mostly in enamel and is known most for his portraits of dogs and other animals. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, the Society of British Artists, and the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, from 1859 through 1889.
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