Dorset and the Sea

Sea Dog

Drawing - sea dog

Sea Dog

Pen & wash drawing from Samuel Grimmís collection of illustrations of Dorset circa 1790.  The picture shows a Portland Newfoundland Sea Dog or Rescue Dog.  Written on the back of the drawing: "portrait of a dog which brought 3 barrels of spirits out of the sea". The dogs were also trained to rescue people in danger of drowning.  The breed died out on Portland in the nineteenth century.

©   By permission of the British Library Additional MS 15537 f.203.