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Francis Barraud

 Painting - Sir Joshua Reynold's Studio. A Visit From Dr. Johnson by Francis Barraud

Sir Joshua Reynold's Studio. A Visit From Dr. Johnson

Francis James Barraud (16 June 1856 in London, England – 29 August 1924) was an English painter – the son of artist Henry Barraud.

Famous works

His most famous work, His Master's Voice, is one of the best-known commercial logos in the world, having inspired the music industry trademark, depicting a Jack Russel Terrier dog (named Nipper) and phonograph, which is used by the corporations; HMV, RCA, and JVC.

His Master's Voice
His Master's Voice

The painting His Master's Voice in its original form was completed in 1899 and originally showed the dog (who had in fact died some years previously) listening to a cylinder phonograph. This was a rare model, electrically driven and housed in a distinctive round-cornered case, known as the Edison-Bell Commercial Phonograph and produced by Edison's factory exclusively for the British market,

Barraud probably derived the idea of buying it from Hubert von Herkomer who kept a similar machine in his studio. He later replaced the phonograph with a disc machine on the suggestion of William Barry Owen of The Gramophone Company, which then bought the picture. It was used in advertising by the Gramophone Company and by its US equivalent Victor and became one of the world's most recognisable trademarks, although it did not appear on British record labels until 1909.
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