Nipper - His Master's Dog
support this site to honor a unique star in the history of talking
machines. Nipper was a a
terrier whose lineage is commonly thought to be a mix of Fox and Bull
Terrier. But his pedigre didn't matter. It was his curiousity and
look as he listened to sounds from a machine that epitomized what
this new wonder was introducing to the world.
1884 in Bristol, England, Nipper was painted listening to a phonograph
in late 1898 three years after Nipper's death. The original painting
by Francis Barraud displayed an Edison-Bell Phonograph as the source
of Nipper's interest. In 1898 Barraud repainted the Phonograph with
a Berliner Gramophone and it was this painting that would become the
trademark for Eldridge Johnson's Victor Talking Machine Company (which
Johnson took over from Emile Berliner). With his ear cocked sitting
in front of a talking machine listening to "His Master's Voice," Nipper
would be seen in countless advertisements into the 21st century and
far outlive the Victor and its generation of listeners. It is one
of the great advertising ironies that the dog that couldn't find a
home with the Edison Phonograph went on to become one of the most
famous marketing images of all time, doing so for Edison's chief competitor,
painting (below, left) by Francis Barraud, Nipper's owner and brother
of the original owner, displayed an Edison Phonograph as the subject
11, 1899, Francis filed an application for copyright of this painting
“Dog Looking At and Listening to a Phonograph.” According to Leonard
Petts, author of The story of 'Nipper' and the 'His Master's Voice'
picture painted by Francis Barraud, negotiations for the transfer
of the copyright of the repainted picture with the Gramophone "were
completed with Barraud by 31st January 1900 and on 6th February the
Company applied for a "Memorandum of the Assignment of Copyright of
the painting of Dog looking into and listening to a Gramophone and
entitled His Master's Voice."" Nipper made his first appearance
on the Gramophone Company's advertising literature on the Record Supplement
for January 1900.on-chandeliers-ba5010sh.html
right is a photograph showing the 1899 update where Barraud has repainted
the Phonograph as a Berliner Gramophone.
see other Nipper inspired works of art click
HERE or the click on the full color painting.
of the Phonograph is
a section of Phonographia.com that offers a variety of recollections,
short stories and memories of the Phonograph by Friends of the
on this image to learn the story of Carie, another special Terrier,
who like Nipper was a Friend of the Phonograph 100 years
are connections to 21st century phonographia.
are sourced by contemporary phonograph related references found in
newspapers, advertisements, the intranet, or perhaps simply by something
seen while walking down the street. Click
Here or on the PhonoLinks image to learn more.
a gallery of art that displays the phonograph as a cultural icon.
in greeting cards, computer clipart, cartoons, advertisements, periodicals,
posters and in a variety of venues from museums to the internet, the
phonograph can be seen as a richly connected symbol. Click
Here or on the PhonoArt image to learn more.
of page --> Click Here
Click on the Phonographia logo to return to Phonographia Main Menu
Friends of Nipper Copyright ©
2001-2014 by Doug Boilesen and Friends of the Phonograph ©. All
No elements of this site may be copied without express written
consent, except for use in promotion of this site
All trademarks are copyright by their respective owners
Friends of the Phonograph.org
Friends of Nipper.org
Friends of Phonographs.org