Elizabeth, Giuditta, and the loyal Cocker Spaniel

English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) dedicated a famous poem to her Cocker Spaniel, Flush: “You see this dog. It was but yesterday / I mused, forgetful of his presence here, / Till thought on thought drew downward tear on tear; / When from the pillow, where wet-cheeked I lay, / A head as hairy as Faunus, thrust its way / Right sudden against my face, – two golden-clear / Large eyes astonished mine, – a drooping ear / Did flap me on either cheek, to dry the spray!”

The dog resting his muzzle on Giuditta Varni’s leg – in this memorial sculpture her husband, Santo Varni (1807-1885), made in 1875 – is a Cocker Spaniel too.

The two melancholic friends, immortalized in marble, rest in the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, Genoa.

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Elizabeth, Giuditta, and the loyal Cocker Spaniel

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