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Riviere comes up for auction

There can be few dog lovers who are unaware of the painting, titled ‘Naughty Boy’ (or ‘Compulsory Education’), showing a young Victorian Girl reading a book with her arms around a Bloodhound, writes Paul Keevil.

Published most famously as a ‘Pears Print’ and still available to this day from greeting’s card publishers, the image is the quintessential snapshot of romantic Victorian sentimantality at it’s best. It can be considered to be Briton Riviere’s most famous and celebrated work.
Riviere, it will be remembered was responsible for the wonderful reclining Greyhound used a couple of years ago for all the Crufts advertising and catalogues. His dog paintings rarely come on the marked but on Wednesday 6th February, Belfast auctioneers Ross’s Fine Art Auctioneers will offer for sale the original oil on canvas painting by Riviere of ‘Compulsory Education’.

Catalogued as Lot No. 220, the painting measures 14” x 18” (61 x 46cm) and carries the extremely modest estimate of £4,000 - £5,000 (Euros 6,250-7,750). Interest is expected to be high, not only in this lot but in the entire sale, which includes ‘The Lawrence Collection’, and outstanding collection of British and Irish Paintings.

The sale will commence at 7pm on Wednesday 6th February with viewing the day before, from 10am till 9pm and on the day of the sale from 10am till 5pm. Illustrated catalogues are available by telephoning (028) 04890 325448 or faxing: (028) 04890 333642. The catalogue may also be viewed on the Auctioneers web site at

Please mention Our Dogs when contacting the auctioneer for information.