I just love this picture – I found it at an estate sale many years ago.
Am pretty sure – on sentimentality and kitsch factors – that this parlor picture dates back to 1890-1900.
At that point in Art History, museums and salons were filled with very large pictures of beautiful, doomed, drowned women washed up on the shore.
I dig this different take on things. It reminds me of the old joke where the lifeguard sees a little boy caught in the undertow. The lifeguard quickly swims out, snags the boy, and returns him to his mother…who says, “Where’s his hat?”
Well, this St. Bernard is GOOD. He remembered to fetch the hat AND the girl.