John Scott (1774-1827) was an English engraver, known for his work on topics showing animals. At the age of twelve he was apprenticed to a tallow-chandler; but at the end of his articles went to London, where his fellow-townsman Robert Pollard gave him two years' instruction, at the same time paying him.
On leaving Pollard, Scott obtained employment from John Wheble, the proprietor of the Sporting Magazine, and for many years executed the portraits of racehorses published there. He became known among English animal engraver.
Scott worked until 1821, when a stroke of paralysis practically terminated his career.
The work depicts Crib and Rosa, two well known Old English Bulldogs. Rosa was considered to represent correct formation for bulldogs at the time. Through John Scott's engraving, this painting became the best known and most reproduced painting of dogs from that period. The print is framed and glazed.
"London, Published June 7, 1817 by Abra.mCooper 6 New Millman Street Foundling Hospital and John Scott Rosomon Street Spa Fields"
"Crib and Rosa. The Property of Harry Verelst Esq.r to whom this Plate is respectfully inscribed by his Ob.t Serv.ts Abra.m Cooper & John Scott."
The print was a Gift Aided donation to FARA Notting Hill