The Portrait of Dorian Gray’s Teddy Bear

December 9, 2019 at 11:07 pm (Art, Arts, Culture, Literature, Mystery, painting, The Supernatural, Vampire novel) (, , , , , , )

The Portrait of Dorian Gray’s Teddy Bear 

Dashwood Forrest the owner of The Dashwood Forrest Art Gallery had spent the day visiting a London Christmas Market.

On his way home, he had visited a small antique store where he noticed a rather old painting of a child’s teddy bear.

Intrigued by the painting, Forrest had bought the painting for £20 and brought it back to his gallery with him.

He gave the painting a cleaning and noticed the name of the artist- Basil Hallward.

The same artist who had painted the original portrait of Dorian Gray that Forrest had purchased at an estate sale back in October of 2012.

Prior to purchasing that painting, Forrest had just believed that the artist Basil Hallward was a fictional character and the famous portrait of Dorian Gray had been a figment of Oscar Wilde’s imagination.

Back on September 3rd of this year, the figure of Dorian Gray had disappeared from the painting when Hurricane Dorian had struck the Caribbean.

Only to return when the storm finally faded into oblivion.

And now here was a portrait of a teddy bear done by the same man who had painted a portrait of Dorian Gray.

Forrest noticed the year below Basil Hallward’s name -1860- the same year he had painted the picture of Dorian Gray.

Forrest decided to take the frame off and check the back of the canvas of the painting.

There on the back of the canvas of the painting were the words Portrait of Dorian Gray’s Toy Bear- painted 1860.

So Dorian Gray had owned a teddy bear before teddy bears became popular (teddy bears had emerged as a phenomenon back in the early 1900s and the toy bears had in fact been named after Teddy Roosevelt who was the U.S. President of the day).

Forrest went to the secluded room in the gallery where he kept the picture of Dorian Gray.

He hung the portrait of Dorian Gray’s teddy bear next to Gray’s portrait.

He then put the velvet curtains up again in front of both paintings, turned off the lights and closed the door.

Had he stayed in the room a few minutes longer, he’d have noticed the figure of Dorian Gray’s teddy bear in the portrait had gone missing.

-A vampire novel chapter
written by Christopher
Monday December 9th
2019.

23 Comments

  1. Dawn Renee said,

    I think the Teddy Bear was meant to exist – fate for the comfort, fuzzy wuzzy feelings of others. It, as many things probably existed before mass awareness… and then also politicized. I like this story (for lack of proper description).

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thank you very much, Dawn.

      Yes, I think the teddy bear was meant to exist.

      It was given the name teddy bear because one of the varieties of toy bear sold in a mail order catalogue (the very early forerunner of online shopping) happened to look a bit like Teddy Roosevelt so someone gave it the name teddy bear and the name stuck.

      • Dawn Renee said,

        Ah, I didn’t know it happened quite like that. If I did once, my brain deemed it non-essential knowledge, so it evaporated. happens too often

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I remember once in one of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, he once remarked to Watson that he tried not to fill his head with too much knowledge, otherwise it might explode.

        I’m surprised it didn’t happen in Sherlock’s case.

      • Dawn Renee said,

        Haha… yes

  2. ajeanneinthekitchen said,

    That is a great book.

  3. David Redpath said,

    An interesting fact about Teddy
    Bears. When President Roosevelt
    failed to “bag” a bear on one of his
    regular hunting trips, the hired help
    went and tied a small juvenile bear
    to a tree for the U.S. President to
    shoot. But he refused, saying it was
    not a very sporting thing to do 🐻
    A toy retailer heard the story, and
    the rest is Teddy Bear history.
    Perhaps, if all the wildlife he did
    actually shoot were first issued
    with rifles, then you could say old
    Teddy really was a good sport 😎

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes and modern explorers might find Teddy’s head stuffed on the wall of a bear’s cave den somewhere.

      An interesting find for the Smithsonian Institute.

  4. David Redpath said,

    Karma is a patient predator 😎

  5. Jessica said,

    This is a lovable post. Love the fantasy and mystery around the painting…
    I did a quick read of the comments and now I’m confused. What book??? 🤨 Curiosity kills the cat but I want to know!

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      The great English writer and wit Oscar Wilde wrote a Gothic novel called The Picture of Dorian Gray back in the 1890s.

      It was that novel that served as the inspiration for this chapter.

      You’d probably enjoy that book if you read it, Jessica- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

      There have also been several good movie versions made of that book as well- one excellent version was made back in 1945 and the latest made back in 2009.

      • Jessica said,

        Thanks for the recommendation Christopher ❤ I just downloaded the ebook 🙂

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        You’re welcome, Jessica. ❤

        Enjoy reading. 🙂

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