Adorable animals in the archive

Red Panda, 1913 (b/w photo), English Photographer, (20th century) / Zoological Society of London

 

Pets are a great way to beat the blues, offering unconditional love and companionship.  No furry-legged friend? Well, your next best bet is our specially curated gallery of adorable pups, cute cubs and curious kittens from the whole spectrum of art history and beyond, sure to warm the cockles of even the hardest heart.  
 
See a few of our favourites below; from the mythical animals on medieval manuscripts to the paintings and sketches by celebrated animal artists George Stubbs and Cecil Aldin. Also included is photography from the Zoological Society of London and images from our represented artists, such as Mark Adlington, who has made paintings of wildlife his speciality  
 
N.B: All images selected for their 'awww' factor so some notable art historical paintings of animals may not have made the cut. 
 

 

Shadows Pass, Sunlit Siesta, 2009 (oil on canvas), Lynn Benson (b.1946) / Private Collection
Shadows Pass, Sunlit Siesta, 2009 (oil on canvas), Lynn Benson (b.1946) / Private Collection

 

 

Hesitating Arabian Wolf Pup, 2009 (conte & charcoal on paper), Mark Adlington
Hesitating Arabian Wolf Pup, 2009 (conte & charcoal on paper), Mark Adlington

 

 

Rotterdam Zoo / The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Rotterdam Zoo / The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

 

 

Miss Ann White's Kitten, 1790 by George Stubbs (1724-1806) / Roy Miles Fine Paintings
Miss Ann White's Kitten, 1790 by George Stubbs (1724-1806) / Roy Miles Fine Paintings

 

 

The Lady and the Unicorn: 'Taste', detail of two rabbits (tapestry), French School, (15th century) / Musee National du Moyen Age et des Thermes de Cluny, Paris
The Lady and the Unicorn: 'Taste', detail of two rabbits (tapestry), French School, (15th century) / Musee National du Moyen Age et des Thermes de Cluny, Paris

 

 

Sealyham, 1930, Illustrations from his Sketch Book used for 'Just Among Friends' by Cecil Aldin (1870-1935) / Private Collection
Sealyham, 1930, Illustrations from his Sketch Book used for 'Just Among Friends' by Cecil Aldin (1870-1935) / Private Collection

 

 

Monkeys in the Jungle, 1910 (oil on canvas)by Henri J.F. (Le Douanier) Rousseau (1844-1910) / Private Collection
Monkeys in the Jungle, 1910 (oil on canvas)by Henri J.F. (Le Douanier) Rousseau (1844-1910) / Private Collection

 

 

The Japanese Macaque (Snow) Monkeys enjoying a bath in the Onsen of Jigokudani Yaenkoen , Nagano Prefecture 6/8
The Japanese Macaque (Snow) Monkeys enjoying a bath in the Onsen of Jigokudani Yaenkoen , Nagano Prefecture 6/8

 

 

Model hedgehog, from Tomb 416 at Abydos, New Kingdom (red ware pottery), Egyptian 18th Dynasty (c.1567-1320 BC) / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK
Model hedgehog, from Tomb 416 at Abydos, New Kingdom (red ware pottery), Egyptian 18th Dynasty (c.1567-1320 BC) / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK

 


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