A favourite assistance dog breed in these and other countries, Labradors are frequently trained to aid people who are blind and people with autism, act as therapy dogs, and perform screening and detection work for law enforcement and other official agencies. They are prized as sporting and waterfowl hunting dogs. A few kennels breeding these grew up in England; at the same time a combination of sheep protection policy (Newfoundland) and rabies quarantine (England) led to their gradual demise in their country of origin.
A surviving picture of Buccleuch Avon (b. 1885), a foundational dog of many modern Labrador lineages.
The first and second Earls of Malmesbury, who bred for duck shooting on his estate, and the 5th and 6th Dukes of Buccleuch, and youngest son Lord George William Montagu-Douglas-Scott, were instrumental in developing and establishing the modern Labrador breed in 19th century England. The dogs Avon ("Buccleuch Avon") and Ned given by Malmesbury to assist the Duke of Buccleuch's breeding program in the 1880s are considered the ancestors of modern Labradors.
The first St. John's dog was said to be brought to England in or around 1820; however, the breed's reputation had spread to England long before. There is a story that the Earl of Malmesbury saw a St. John's Dog on a fishing boat and immediately made arrangements with traders to have some of these dogs exported to England. These ancestors of the first labradors so impressed the Earl with their skill and ability for retrieving anything within the water and on shore that he devoted his entire kennel to developing and stabilizing the breed.
amamede (António José Mamede de Albuquerque) was born in Cape Verde in 1943. Formerly of dual nationality, in 1974 he chose Portuguese nationality.
A teacher in higher education with a PhD in Medicine, he has been devoted to Painting since 1975.
His work was exhibited for the first time at the “Exposição Artistas de Coimbra” [Coimbra Artists Exhibition] organised in 1988 by the XI Congresso Nacional de Ortopedia [XI National Orthopedics Congress]. An associate of the Movimento Artístico de Coimbra [Coimbra Artistic Movement] from 1988, in 1994 he began collaborating in the teaching of Artistic Anatomy to students of ARCA-ETAC.
He was Associate Professor at the Coimbra University College of Arts, where he taught Theoretical Anatomy (1st and 2nd year of the various licentiate’s degrees) until 2008.
He is represented in a number of private collections, mainly belonging to collectors in the Portuguese and Brazilian university environment.
Dedica-se à Pintura desde 1975. Expôs pela pela primeira vêz, na "Exposição Artistas de Coimbra", organizada, em 1988, pelo XI Congresso Nacional de Ortopedia. Associado do Movimento Artístico de Coimbra desde 1988 começou a dar colaboração, a partir de 1994, ao ensino de Anatomia Artística dirigido a alunos da ARCA-ETAC.
Foi Professor Associado da Escola Universitária de Artes de Coimbra onde leccionou Anatomia Teórica (1º e 2º anos das diversas licenciaturas) até 2009.
Integra actualmente o Conselho Cientifico da Escola Universitária de Artes de Coimbra.
Foi presidente do Movimento Artistico de Coimbra entre 2010-2012.
Organizou a Feira Internacional de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra (Fiarte/Art€uropa 2011) tendo integrado a Comissão de Honra da referida Feira Internacional.
Está representado em várias colecções particulares, essencialmente entre coleccionadores de arte do meio universitário Português e Brasileiro. Aderiu a vários projectos artísticos e está representado com pinturas e esculturas suas em diversos anuários de arte (Mitos de Arte 2008, Questionarte 2010, Anuário de Arte Galeria 2011, Arte Actual 2011, Próspero International Art Book em 2012 e Artifices em 2013).
Foi admitido em 2013 como Académico Correspondente da Federação Brasileira de Académicos das Ciências Letras e Artes (FEBACLA) - confrade reconhecido como pintor e escultor
Galardoado com o Pincel de Ouro, em 2013, pela Federação Brasileira de Académicos das Ciências Letras e Artes (FEBACLA).
Foi-lhe atribuido o Premio Mérito Personalidade 2013 pelo Instituto Comnène Palaiologos de Educação e Cultura (ICOPEC).
Aderiu em 2014 ao Conselho Internacional de Académicos das Ciências Letras e Artes (CONINTER)
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