"He is the best I have, highness. I wish to offer my best." The dog was lifted through the open window of the carriage.
Medium: Crayon and gouache on illustration board
Dimensions: 18 3/4 × 19 1/8 in. (47.6 × 48.6 cm)
Illustration Citation: "Long Live the King," by Mary Roberts Rinehart, in Everybody's Magazine, June 1917
Credit Line: Gift of the estate of Frieda Becher, 1971
About: Observing how much the Prince admires the dog's tricks, a citizen gives him the dog as a gift. Thrilled with his new pet, the Prince must give it back at the command of his aunt the Archduchess, enduring yet another hindrance to a normal childhood.
The age effects on this drawing are typical of illustrations that were rarely preserved once they had served their purpose. Becher's arrangements for the return of his work once published have not survived.
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