This screenprint is a modern take on the dog 'Nipper', who was originally painted by Francis Barraud in 1899, listening to his master's voice on a cylinder phonograph. This was changed to a wind-up gramaphone when used as advertising as the logo for the record company HMV.
About the Artist
Blek Le Rat was born in Paris and is generally credited as the first street artist to use life size stencil. Banksy in his unofficial biography said of Blek Le Rat - Every time I think I've painted something original I find that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only 20 years earlier.