Borzoi "Prince" by Gertrude Massey (English,1868-1957)
Borzoi miniature on ivory titled "Prince", owned by Mr Clement Shorter. Signed "Gertrude Massey" (1868-1957). Set within original gilt-metal frame with pierced ribbon crest.
English, circa 1906, provenance by family descent.
Clement King Shorter (1857-1926). Shorter began his career in journalism in 1888, writing for the Star and working as a sub-editor for the Penny Illustrated Paper. In 1891 he was made editor of the Illustrated London News, where he also edited Album and Pick-me-up. In addition to editing, Shorter founded three papers: Sketch (1893), The Sphere (1900), and The Tatler (1903).
In the early 1900s, Shorter's main interest had become collecting manuscripts, books, and ephemera related to his favourite authors, particularly the Brontės. Shorter's collection and research eventually developed into several books on the sisters, including Charlotte Brontė and her Circle (1896), Charlotte Brontė and her Sisters (1905), and The Brontės: Life and Letters (1908). He also edited Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontė (1899).
Clement Shorter was married twice: first in 1896 to Irish poet Dora Sigerson (d.1918); and in 1920 to Annie Doris Banfield of Penzance.