Sleeping Partners; A Series of Episodes

When Cats and Dogs Cuddle

ALDIN, Cecil. Sleeping Partners. A Series of Episodes. London: Eyre and Spottiwoode, n.d. [1929].

First edition. Folio (12 1/2 x 9 3/8 in; 312 x 236 mm). Unpaginated. Twenty recto-only mounted colored plates of cats and dogs together.

Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in contemporary half calf with gilt rules over marbled boards. Gilt ornamented compartments, crimson morocco spine labels gilt lettered. Original illustrated front wrapper preserved at rear. Light rubbing to spine tail, otherwise a fine copy. Housed in a matching marbled paper-covered slipcase.

A charming series of twenty colored sketches of the artist's two dogs (an Irish Wolfhound and a Bull Terrier) asleep and cuddling on Alden's sofa.

Cecil Aldin (1870-1935) “was a most prolific artist and illustrator. While living in London, he became friends with the Beggarstaff Brothers (see Houfe under William Nicholson and James Pryde), John Hassall, Phil May and Dudley Hardy, and their influence on his work was great. He produced a great number of prints, a select list of which is included with a comprehensive bibliography in Heron’s book [Cecil Aldin: The Story of a Sporting Artist (1981)]. He did a great deal of advertising work, including posters, for such companies as Bovril, Colman (manufacturers of starch and mustard), and Cadbury’s, and Royal Doulton produced about sixty items with Aldin drawings between 1910 and 1939. Horses, dogs and the English countryside were the major topics of Aldin’s illustrations. The obituary in The Times asserted that ‘there never yet has been a painter of dogs fit to hold a candle to him…Cecil Aldin can justly be described as one of the leading spirits in the renaissance of British sporting art’” (Alan Horne, The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators, p. 67). Books written and illustrated by Aldin include Old Inns (1921); Old Manor Houses (1923); Cathedral[s] and Abbey Churches of England (1924); Romances of the Road (1928); Sleeping Partners (1929); An Artist’s Models (1930); Exmoor, the Riding Playground of England (1935); and Hunting Scenes (1936). Item #02534

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