Pawsi­tively royal

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THE dog in Velázquez’s Las Men­i­nas ( July 27) is tra­di­tion­ally a mas­tiff from Lyme Park in Cheshire, where the breed was main­tained for cen­turies.

In 1604, James I sent gifts to Philip III of Spain, which in­cluded ‘A Cup­ple of Lyme hounds of sin­gu­lar qual­i­ties’. There is a copy of the paint­ing at Lyme and the Legh fam­ily un­der­stood that the dog in the paint­ing was a de­scen­dant of this pair. John Davies, Manch­ester

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