Champion Clodagh of Ouborough, an Irish Wolfhound
Oil on canvas laid on panel; signed, titled and dated 1925
10 x 12 inches
This hound, Clodagh, was owned by J Voase Rank, the brother of film magnate J Arthur Rank. She was one of the ‘foundation’ wolfhound bitches of his famous Ouborough Kennels in Surrey. Measuring 34 inches to the shoulder, Clodagh had ‘size, soundness, substance, and quality in plentiful proportion; a real good bitch’, and she won prizes from the start. One judge declared her in 1925 a ‘beautiful hound, very tall with big bone, good body and head’. Sadly, she died before she could have a litter of puppies but she is not forgotten: her likeness adorns the coveted Champion Clodagh Cup, which is still given at the Irish Wolfhound Club Championship Show for the hound with best head, eyes and expression.