Francis Barraud

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Francis Barraud at the easel, 1898

Francis James Barraud (born June 16, 1856 in Liverpool , † August 29, 1924 in Kingston upon Thames , London ) was a British painter .

His Master's Voice

Francis Barraud's best known work is called His Master's Voice ( Eng . The voice of his master ). After the death of his older brother, Mark Barraud, he took in his dog Nipper - it is probably a Parson Russell Terrier , a Fox Terrier or a mixed breed. One day he watched as the dog at Edison - phonograph listening. Barraud was so impressed by this spectacle that he made a painting of it three years after Nipper's death. The newly founded English Gramophone Company bought the picture, including exploitation rights , from him in 1899 for a total of 100 pounds in order to use it in their newspaper advertisements. The image of Francis Barraud is one of the most famous company logos in the world. The image is used by several companies including His Master's Voice (HMV), Radio Corporation of America (RCA), and Victor Company of Japan, Limited .

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Commons : Francis Barraud  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files