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Updated December 19, 2016 7:16 PM

Prints that once hung in St Marks

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"Not Caught Yet" 1909 by Arthur John Elsley

This one was ripped and in a terrible state, after photographing I digitally repaired the photo, above is the result, it was one of many framed prints that once hung on the walls of the classrooms and halls, some similar prints can be seen on the classroom photos during the 1920s-30s.

Though Arthur started his career as an animal painter, Elsley soon expanded his repertoire to include tender portraits that combined children with animals. Indeed, his portrayal of animals as sentient beings who relate to children elevated them to a place of pride in the family, as opposed to their more accepted role as working or hunting animals. Elsley was very enthusiastic about these subjects, for which he quickly became famous. He was quoted in the December 1904 London Magazine saying: "Why shouldn't I join together children and dogs?" The interviewer further noted Elsley's passionate approach to his subjects: "Elsley has an intense love for children. He has often been heard to say it would be impossible to paint children if the artist did not love them.

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