Monday 21 August 2017

Puppy chomps on charity painting

Cocker Spaniel Daisy chewed a postcard by Royal Academician Mary Fedden
Cocker Spaniel Daisy chewed a postcard by Royal Academician Mary Fedden

Cheeky pup Daisy developed a taste for art and almost left a charity sale in tatters - after chomping on one of the specially created lots.

The Cocker Spaniel got her teeth into a painting of figs which had been made for a sale featuring works by artists such as Gerald Scarfe and Quentin Blake, as well as broadcasters Andrew Marr and John Humphrys.

But artist and Royal Academician Mary Fedden saw the funny side and donated a fresh work to the organisers after her original was left dog-eared and nibbled.

More than 450 original paintings and drawings on postcard are being sold at a champagne reception at Goldsmiths' Hall, London, later this month.

One of the organisers of the Exhibition of Works of Art on Postcard, Annie Williams, who is also Daisy's owner, said Fedden was one of the first artists they approached.

"My dog had recently had a litter of six puppies and unfortunately when her postcard came through the letterbox Daisy got there first. She chewed right through the hard-back envelope and damaged the bottom corner of the painting," she said.

"I was devastated. We seriously considered scrapping the project or leaving it to another time. But either way, I had to admit to Mary Fedden what had happened to her precious postcard.

"It took me a week to pluck up the courage to write to her, so you can imagine our joy when another painting arrived with a hand-written note saying, 'I am sorry to hear your dog ate my painting'."

The replacement painting will go to the highest bidder in a Silent Auction, while the chewed card will go into a "postcard lottery".

Proceeds will go to Chase hospice care for children, which supports the families of youngsters in south west London, Surrey and Sussex.

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