Welcoming in the Year of the Dog

 

Illustration of black and tan dog's head with name of musical composition.
Detail of cover illustration for the Black and Tan Polka-Music by Caroline Lowthian [1860-1943] published ca1885. Detail of cover illustration for the Black and Tan Polka-Music by Caroline Lowthian [1860-1943] published ca1885_Rouse Hill House collection Sydney Living Museums.
Today marks the start of a new Lunar New Year, known as the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar. To celebrate we've had a look at dogs portrayed in our collections.  

This striking portrait of a dog is from “The black and tan polka”, just one piece from the important collection of 19th century sheet music at Rouse Hill House & Farm.

Nicole Forsyth, who is currently studying the music collection, tells us that this piece of music belonged to one of the Terry family, who lived in  a house called 'The Lilacs' at Ashfield when they purchased this music.

Perhaps they had a black and tan dog just like the one on the cover?

The music sounds just like a dog trotting along.

 

 

 

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Dr Scott Hill
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Elizabeth Farm, Meroogal, Rouse Hill House & Farm
As a teenager, Scott Hill was captivated by pictures of ruins, trying to imagine how people had lived in these dramatic and crumbling spaces.
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