The topic is often raised, that the modern Clumber is the same or better then the originals, but without reference to illustrations; here are some of the very early illustrations of Clumbers for you to consider this statement. There are a lot more examples of very early Clumbers in my book The White Spaniel.


(before Clumbers at Clumber Park) image is from the insert in The White Spaniel, “as commissioned by Charles Anderson-Pelham, 1st Baron Yarborough of Brocklesby Park in Lincolnshire.”



First is part of an ENGRAVING taken from the first known painting of the breed at Clumber Park, so there are two levels of interpretation here, the artist’s and the engravers, I am including it it because it is a good size reproduction.


Here is a photo of the painting owned by Sheffield Gallery, which sadly at the time of writing is not on public view
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By Francis Wheatley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1810 (guess)


Richard Jones (British 1782-1840) A Clumber Spaniel in a wood 11 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches (28.5 x 38.5 cm.) Dogs in Art Auction 2004 Provenance: Oliven Estate, Beverly Hills, 2003 so let’s say 1810 at an early guess
image from Christies auction catalogue cover
William R. Robinson (British, 19th century) A portrait of three Red and White Spaniels signed and dated ‘W. R. Robinson pinx./1843.’ (lower right) oil on canvas 38 3/8 x 55 7/8 in. (97.4 x 142 cm.) courtesy Bonhams Dogs in Art Sale 2011
On day I may continue, but this article gives you some idea of what the original Clumbers were like, solid, with large for their size heads but not cuboid heads. By the way, apart from the obvious choice of the Stubbs and Wheatley the others were chosen because of the dates not to push a point about head type. That said the Clumbers of Lord Middleton at Birdsall Park painted by Charles Hancock in 1834 (see The White Spaniel or Phillips and Cane’s The Sporting Spaniel) are much blockier in head.