Dorset and the Sea
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.