'A Jack in Office', oil on panel by Edwin Henry Landseer, probably Great Britain, about 1833. Museum no. FA.94 Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

'A Jack in Office', oil on panel by Edwin Henry Landseer, probably Great Britain, about 1833. Museum no. FA.94 Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

The title is a slang expression for a pompous government official. It is a pun on the principal character: a Jack Russell terrier. A critic described how 'the well-fed and much caressed dog…keeps others from testing the food of which it has had too much'.