One of the interesting aspects of working with vintage books that include information about animals is that from time to time they introduce something I’ve not seen before. This is one of those times. According to the author this is a species of dog known as a truffle dog. As you can imagine, it was bred to find truffles. As far as I can tell the breed no longer exists but is some sort of cross between a poodle and a terrier. Not sure if you would ever need a portrait of a truffle-hunting dog but it is certainly a cute dog image.
Can you just imagine how much work went into a publication from 1882 the size of Hill’s Album of Biography and Art? Thomas E. Hill included illustrations and page decorations on virtually every page. Over 200 of them are now showcased here on Reusable Art and will hopefully make their way to many new projects and explorations in creativity.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.