“One of my favourite books of all time… This adorable book is enhanced by wonderful drawings by Cecil Aldin.”
Cracker: a comical white bull terrier with a fetching black patch over one eye. Micky: a huge Irish wolfhound Cracker’s stooge and, more importantly, his mattress. These two irresistible characters were for many years the most famous dogs in the world, for they were the favourite models of Cecil Aldin, one of the best sporting artist of his time and supreme in his portrayal of dogs. In Sleeping Partners we find Cracker and Micky at rest, adopting hilariously inventive poses in order to achieve the most satisfying state of slumber.
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.