Museum of English Rural Life uncovers 18th century dog pictures

Caption: 18th century dog doodles
Credit: The Musuem of English Rural Life

We’re officially obsessed with dog pictures on Instagram – but it turns out it’s something that dates back centuries.

A museum has uncovered a diary full of dog doodles from way back in 1784.

The Museum of English Rural Life, based in Reading, Berkshire, tweeted about a collection of diaries they were archiving.

Looking through one book, owned by Richard Beale, from a farm in Biddenden Kent, museum staff discovered these doodles.

The staff believe Richard was 13 years old at the time.

Here it is possessed.

— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL)

The book was mainly used for beautifully laid out mathematical equations.

But like most of us, Richard doodled around his work – with his family owned dog being his favourite subject.

He drew it at a kennel and chasing a rabbit.

Here it is chasing a rabbit with a friend.

— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL)

But it wasn’t the only animal he sketched – Richard also drew this 18th century chicken wearing a pair of trousers.

Richard put an 18th century chicken in some trousers.

— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL)