Maud Earl is without a doubt one of the best 19th century painters of purebred dogs. Clients were often famous enthusiasts and breeders, including Queen Victoria and her family. The painter was born in 1864 in London and grew up in an artistic family. Her father, George Earl, was her first teacher. He mainly painted hunting dogs; her half-brother, Percy Earl, the equestrian sport. Alice Maud studied at the 'Royal Female School of Art' where she learned to paint dogs 'to life': she started with an anatomical sketch and worked it out with oil paint. At the beginning of her career, Earl painted in a very naturalistic way, after 1900 she applied a looser style. In 1916 she emigrated to New York. Her work is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.