Title from text above image. Date based on watermark: 1914 England. Text penned below title: The dilletante member for King's Lynn sneaks away from Parliament in the midst of an important debate to pick strawberries on Strawberry Hill with his young friend John Dolittle, the naturalist, aged seven. Text penned below image: Note: the dog shown is the first specimen of the Strawberry-hound introduced into England. Signed in ink in lower right corner: Hugh Lofting delin. Christie's lot 242, Sir Hugh Walpole's Library, to Maggs July 1946. Purchased from Magges by W.S. Lewis 23 July 1946.
A whimsically portrayed Horace Walpole makes a shushing gesture with one finger on his lips while holding an empty picking basket in his other hand. A small lapdog with a decorative bow tied around its neck, presumably Tonton, accompanies Walpole on the task. Doctor John Dolittle, the central character in Hugh Lofting's series of children's books also appears in the scene as a young curious boy pointing up towards the hill.
Dolittle,--Doctor. Walpole, Horace,--1717-1797--Caricatures and cartoons.
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