Cavaliers in the Arts

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a rich history with art. I have previously posted about some beautiful books which cover the amazing history of the cavalier king charles spaniel in paintings, so I would like start a series of posts and talk about some art you might not have seen. First up we have the television show, Royal Pains.

20110721-093528.jpgUSA Network airs a series which Mary and I have found quite entertaining lately called Royal Pains. If you love Cavaliers, you will enjoy the first few episodes of this series. Ms. “New-parts” Newberg, played by the enchanting Christine Ebersole, is obsessed with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and appears with her beautiful tricolor in Season One. The dog appears in a few of the first episodes, but really takes center stage in Episode Six (“If I Were A Sick Man”). There are a variety of options to watch this show: [iTunes] [Amazon] [Netflix] [Hulu] [USANetwork] although I believe only the first three (iTunes, Amazon and Netflix) will allow you to view the first season.
I really do not want to spoil the episode for you, but she throws her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a “Bark Mitzpah”.20110721-093551.jpgShe is a recurring character in the series but I believe we only see her dog in the third and sixth episodes of the first season. There are two different cavaliers who played the tricolour, but the poor dogs and their trainer are uncredited in the episode. Rumor has it that the cavaliers belong to Susan Jaffe, a Hollywood animal trainer. One of the two is a six year old champion named McCallum who shares a Grantilley great grandparent with our Venice.
The producers, and particularly the set designers, have everything right about this character. She is obsessed with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog. The attention to detail in the artwork is what really blew my mind. Every picture on every wall of her home is either of cavaliers, or of her own tricolor. 20110721-093601.jpgHowever, they missed one detail.
Cavaliers are like potato chips, you can’t have just one.

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