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Study 2 - Five Great Golden's

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Study 2 - “Five Great Golden’s”

                                                (Black & White Drawings)


This Special Edition of 400 signed and numbered high-quality prints was inspired by the desire to educate and preserve the history of the Golden Retriever.  With 2018 commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of the breed it was a perfect time to honor their beginning.

40% of Print sales will be going to Friends of Guisachan (FOG), a non-profit charity created to educate and preserve the GR breed


Guisachan Estate in Tomich, Inverness-shire in the Scottish Highlands is the ancestral home of the Golden Retriever. The Friends of Guisachan was established in 2013, a non-profit organization dedicated to informing Golden Retriever owners and the public at large about the history of the breed. In 2014, a 99 year lease was obtained on a small plot of ground on the Historic Guisachan land. A life size bronze statue of a Golden Retriever was commissioned there to commemorate the founding of the breed in 1868. To date they have established a comprehensive website,, commissioned the weaving of the historical Guisachan tweed, published a Walking Guide to Historic Guisachan to help visitors to identify  historic buildings in the village and learn of their uses in the 1800’s.

In July 2018, Golden fanciers from around the world, traveled to Guisachan to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the breed.

 L - $39. USD Unframed - Image Size- 14 ½ x10 ½” + border

      $149. Framed – OD Size 22 1/2x 17 ¾”

      $219. 2 Piece Frame – OD Size 26 x 21”

      (#151-300 of edition)


 XL - $69. USD Unframed - Image size-20 ¾ x 15” + border

         $213. Framed - OD Size 27 x 22”

         $313. 2 Piece Frame – OD Size 31 x 25”

         (First 150 of edition)

 Artist Proof + $20. - Available on L and XL sizes (40 A/P’s in each study in the edition)

The History of the Guisachan Tweed

The first record for the ordering of the Guisachan Tweed was in 1861 via MacDougall's of Inverness who then commissioned its manufacture at the Johnston Mills in Elgin Scotland. At that time each estate had its own tweed and the staff wore a full suit of the tweed. It is thought the colors were selected to be in keeping with the natural habitat of the estate and to serve as camouflage for those involved in the hunting tradition.

In 2014 the Friends of Guisachan commissioned the Johnston Mills to make the tweed (after receiving permission from the Fraser family of Guisachan Farm) in honor of the founding of the Golden Retriever in 1868. The 150th anniversary of the Golden will be celebrated in 2018.

History of 5 Early Golden Retrievers

Nous - In the early 1800’s in Scotland, sportsmen often trained their setters and pointers to retrieve and it was not until the 1840’s that efforts were undertaken to breed a true retriever. In 1865, Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, later Lord Tweedmouth, purchased “Nous” a Wavy-coated Retriever, from a cobbler in Brighton, England, the dog having been payment for a debt. Nous, was a “yellow sport” in a litter of blacks bred by the Earl of Chichester. , In 1867, Lord Tweedmouth  was given Belle, a Tweed Water Spaniel,  by David Robertson of Ladykirk. Belle and Nous were bred in 1868 and the litter included three yellow pups, Crocus, Cowslip and Primrose. This litter became the foundation of the Guisachan yellow retrievers which were subsequently renamed Golden Retrievers. Seeking to retain the yellow color, he bred Nous and Belle again in 1871, from which the favored puppy was Ada. For the next twenty odd years, some puppies were kept, some given to keepers on Guisachan and other estates and others given to friends and relatives.  Cowslip and Primrose were kept, and Crocus was given to Lord Tweedmouth’s son, Edward.

Ada - Originally, it was believed that Ada was a fourth yellow puppy from the first litter born of Nous and Belle at Guisachan in 1868. Subsequently, from Lord Tweedmouth’s records, it was determined that Ada came from a second breeding of Nous and Belle in 1871. Given to Lord Tweedmouth’s cousin, the 5th Lord Ilchester, Ada became the foundation dam of the Ilchester line of Yellow Retrievers which included cross breedings with black Wavy-coated Retrievers and Labradors. Ada was buried on the Ilchester Estate, her tombstone bearing the words “ADA with the golden hair.”

Noranby Campfire - In the early 1900’s. Mrs. Winifred .M. Charlesworth established Noranby Kennels from which came many outstanding Yellow Retrievers. Yellow Retrievers were first shown at the Crystal Palace dog show in 1908. The following year, Mrs. Charlesworth began showing and Noranby Campfire, born in 1912, became the first Yellow Retriever Champion. Due to the interruption in field competitions during World War I, Campfire was nine and one-half years of age when, in 1921, he completed his field qualifier making him a champion of both field and bench. Mrs. Charlesworth wrote “The blank left by the death of this dog (at age 13) has never been filled and I doubt my ever seeing his like again. Apart from his looks, he was the greatest aristocrat I ever met, and his manners, both to his friends amongst us, and to his associates amongst dogs, or to any guest, were quite remarkable.”

Michael of Moreton - Michael of Moreton was born in 1925, and owned by Mr. & Mrs. R.L. Kirk of Moreton Hall , Reddick, England. Michael was of immense importance to the development of the breed in the years between World War I and World War II. He won seventeen Challenge Certificates, the Crufts Show Golden Cup four times and many field trial awards. He was a stud dog much sought after and sired seven Champions and countless show and field trial winners. He was able to reproduce his excellent qualities fostering the dual-purpose characteristics that mark the Golden today. Michael’s beautiful lines were the inspiration for the bronze Golden Retriever statue erected on Guisachan land in 2014, proclaiming Guisachan the ancestral home of the breed.

Speedwell Pluto - Sired by the renown Ch. Michael of Moreton, Speedwell Pluto was imported to Canada from the Speedwell Kennels of Mrs. K. Evers-Swindell in England by Samuel Magoffin in 1930.  Pluto’s journey encompassed three weeks of travel by rail in England, steamship across the Atlantic and rail across Canada to Winnipeg. In 1933, Pluto, now Can/Am Ch Speedwell Pluto became the first Golden Retriever in North America to be awarded Best in Show at an all-breed show. He also proved to be an outstanding gundog. Today, he is generally considered to be the foundation sire of the Golden Retriever in North America.

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