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Rawdon B. Lee published several books.
1.A History and Description of The Collie or
Sheep Dog in His British Varieties. London: Horace Cox "The Field"
(1890). Arthur Wardle was the illustrator for this book.
Lee mentions the Bearded in the Old English
"Bob-tailed" Sheep Dog section.
"Then, running away northwards, Scotland has
laid-claim to their original possession, and in some districts the
strain survives in the "bearded sheep dog," which, however, has not
a 'bob-tail.' Classes for this variety are occasionally met with at
the local shows. I believe that the old English sheep dog was at one
time pretty equally distributed through various parts of the
kingdom, and of late years has been most numerous in those
localities where a dog of his description was required. "
He also discussed the Reinagle's painting:
"In the 'Sportsman's Cabinet' (1803-4), an
excellent illustration is given by Reinagle, the dog being just such
a one as would be met with at the present day, were he favoured by a
pleasanter and less villainous expression, which is given him,
perhaps unintentionally, by his two peculiarly yellow coloured eyes.
It is still held that the eyes should be light in colour, not
yellow, but of a pale blue approaching white, 'wall' or 'china' eyes
indeed, which I have heard named 'pearl.' Unfortunately, the
literary description in the 'Cabinet' does not in any way apply to
the illustration, and so one has to turn elsewhere in search of
special information on the subject. Nor does there appear to be
anything more interesting to be gleaned from contemporary writers,
who appear to have treated all varieties of the sheep dog as pretty
much the same, it being quite the exception to make even a little
difference between those of the highland and those of the lowlands."
Mr. Lee included an engraving of Sir Cavendish, by artist Arthur
Wardle, as an example of a proper coat for the OES.
2. A History and
Description of the Modern Dogs of Great Britain and Ireland
(Non-Sporting Division) (1894). Illustrations were by Arthur
Wardle and R. H. Moore.
Four years later, in this book, Mr. Lee put forth
the following words in the section entitled "The Old English
"Of late years there has been a strong attempt
to re-popularise this quaint and representative creature, a dog that
always reminds me of one of our shaggy ancient British forefathers
we see in picture books. The collie clubs have not acknowledged him
as one of their race at all, so it has the honour of having a club
of its own formed by some few admirers of the variety who believe
there is no other dog in existence with even half the good qualities
possessed by their special fancy.
A useful creature in his way, with a certain
amount of rugged, unpolished beauty, his disposition is often surly,
he frequently prefers a fight to his ordinary agricultural duties,
and although a faithful enough companion to his master, is likely to
be ill-tempered with strangers, and will not stand quietly and be
rebuked by others.
Possibly he is an older dog than the ordinary
collie, nor has modern fashion yet changed him so much as it has
other dogs. Reinagle's picture in the 'Sportsman's Cabinet,'
published very early in the present century, is a capital example of
what the dog is to-day, and such a one as there pourtrayed, would
now, if alive and in the flesh, take the highest honour at any of
our leading shows.
In Scotland there is an old-fashioned sheep dog
of the same sort called the 'Highland or Bearded Collie,' and
although he is by no means common, classes are sometimes provided for
him at local shows, and they usually attract a considerable entry. I
certainly agree with the author of the 'Dogs of Scotland,' when he
says that the two varieties as found in Scotland and England are
identical, and if the former is usually seen with a long tail, it is
only because his owners have refused to amputate it in order that it
might have a so-called 'bob-tail.'"
3. He also wrote a book on the history of the Fox
Other volumes of his writings on dogs have also