Antique 19th century oil painting depicting a mother dog shielding her nursing pups. She appears to be a terrier, and perhaps a circus dog or performing dog, as suggested by the snare drum and feathered hat in the background. Oil on wood panel. Unframed. Faint indiscernible signature at the lower right corner, might be F. De. C..? Antique condition, some wear along the edges, darkened varnish. Measures 8" x 6 5/8" x 1/8".