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Robert Bateman (Prints)

Off The Leash (Print)

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Offset Paper; Edition Size 950
14.375" x 22.25" / 35.56cm x 55.88cm
Unframed (US Dollar): $245.00

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“From an early age , I decided I that although I grew up in a big city and would always
enjoy visiting cities, I would live in the country so that I could walk out my door and
immediately be in nature. A dog that is reasonably well trained is a wonderful companion
for walking in the country. I can’t count the the happy hours that Smallwood ( our Labrador
retriever with a Newfoundland grandmother ) and I spent exploring the fields and forests
near our home or cottage. Joey Smallwood, by the way , was the first premier of
the province of Newfoundland when that British colony joined Canada in 1949. The Premier
was a bit of a rabble rouser, but our dog was mellow yet enthusiastic and most important
for roving in nature, he was quite obedient. For this reason , I was comfortable to walk
with him off the leash. Of course, he would always be ahead in the direction he guessed
that I would go, but he continually checked back to make sure that he was on the right
track. If I had felt it necessary to hike with him on a leash , I know that we both would

have been frustrated. In this painting I have shown him briefly lying down, waiting for me
to catch up. I felt that the delicate forms in the little grove of hemlocks made a good
counterpoint to the solidity of Smallwood’s sphynx-like figure.