Francis Barraud

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Barraud with one of his many copies of the 1898 painting His Master's Voice.

Francis James Barraud (16 June 1856 in Liverpool, England – 29 August 1924 in Kingston upon Thames) was an English painter – the son of portrait painter Henry Barraud. After one of his works popularized the then-new field of sound recording, he became best known as a commercial illustrator.

His Master's Voice[edit]

Barraud's most famous work, His Master's Voice, is one of the best-known commercial logos in the world, having inspired a music industry trademark depicting a Jack Russell Terrier named Nipper listening to his deceaded master's voice from a gramophone, which has been used as a trademark by corporations including HMV, EMI, and RCA Victor.[1]


  1. ^ Smithfield, Brad (12 December 2017). "The origins of the famous Jack Russell terrier, Nipper, the canine advertising icon for many gramophone companies". The Vintage News. Retrieved 2 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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