His Master’s Voice - Nipper, the RCA dog

up:date June 10, 2022 by Bonn Brandt

Fox terrier Nipper, whose favourite pastime was to curiously look into the horn of a phonograph and search in vain for the source of the sound became the most famous dog illustration of the world.

Fox terrier Nipper looks into the horn of a Victor Company grammophone record player displayed on the wall of a building in Sydney
Nipper listening to "His Master's Voice"

The title "His Master's Voice" and the accompanying logo originated from French painter Francis Barraud, who had composed a portrait of his dog Nipper in 1898, painted from memory. Nipper had already died three years prior to Barraud's portraiture.

The Gramophone Company, founded by Emil Berliner, bought the painting and copyright from Barraud for £100 in 1899 to use in its newspaper advertisements.

The originally depicted Edison phonograph was repainted with a Berlin Gramophone. Initially, the logo was featured in advertisements. Beginning in 1903, the logo was used on tin cans containing sets of about 100 styli.

As a result, the brand became so widely recognised that the Gramophone Company changed its name to "His Master's Voice" in 1909.

Victor Dog’ & ‘His Master’s Voice’, in short and Nipper is an enduring and cultural icon who has enchanted the music industry and the whole world.

  • Limited Edition
  • Jans Bock-Schroeder
  • Edition 2/3
  • Negative Date: 1993
  • Print Date: 2022
  • Size: 40 x 50 cm
  • Provenance: Bock-Schroeder Foundation
  • Verso: Copyright stamp

  • Signed by Jans Bock-Schroeder.
  • Verso: Copyright stamp, Signature, Edition-Number 2/3
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  • Analog Handprint in Museum Quality on Barytha Paper
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