“One of my favourite books of all time… This adorable book is enhanced by wonderful drawings by Cecil Aldin.”
Few people can fail to be cheered by the adventures and personality of Cecil Aldin’s mischievous puppies.
Published as a follow-up to the phenomenally successful A Dog Day, The Rascal follows a year in the life of a bulldog puppy who enters the social whirl of Edwardian London. This beautiful and charming puppy becomes the darling of an actress, enjoys the races at Ascot, goes punting at the Henley Regatta and holidays in Ostend. The high life finally ends as his sense of the bulldog, and British virtues leads him to disaster and he discovers the new pleasures of country living.
The brilliant full-page illustrations became collectors items when the book was first published in 1905. Cecil Aldin’s pictures bring the puppy to vibrant life, and show why Aldin’s art has captivated generations of adults and children, and his sense of fun shines from every line. Anyone who knows dogs will recognise this canine rascal, portrayed by the greatest of all dog illustrators.
Cecil Aldin was born in 1870 and began his working life as a magazine illustrator. He soon became famous for his sporting prints, posters, children’s books and pictures of old inns but he became world famous for his portrayals of dogs. It was said of him that he “captured the very soul of a dog”. His original artworks are now highly prized by collectors and there are regular exhibitions of his work.
“The Rascal has captivated generations since it was first published… Features absolutely gorgeous illustrations. An ideal gift for both adults and children.”
“One of Cecil Aldin’s most endearing dog books… Aldin’s ability to portray the character of dogs in simple etchings or drawings has been recognised as his particular forte… The original artwork is beautifully reproduced.”
‘The British Sporting Art Trust Newsletter’
“A beautifully illustrated timeless tale of canine humour… A perfect present for dog-lovers.”