Dogs’ Homes and Lethal Chambers, or, What Was it Like to be a Battersea Dog?

  • Susan HamiltonEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)


This chapter explores the Battersea Home for Lost Dogs as a humane and technological space by focusing on the Home’s use of the visual animal in its twin businesses: caring and feeding dogs temporarily sheltered there and killing dogs deemed “excess.” Drawing on the work of Jonathan Burt and Matthew Brower, the chapter examines the cultural logic of two key moments in the history of the Battersea Home: the publication of Frances Power Cobbe’s Confessions of A Lost Dog (1867), and Basil Tozer’s “The Dogs’ Home, Battersea” in English Illustrated Magazine (1895). The chapter explores the role of photography in documenting spaces and practices for the “humane treatment” of animals and considers the approaches used to reach different audiences.


Battersea Home Burt, Jonathan Brower, Matthew Cobbe, Frances Power Tozer, Basil Photography Fundraising Humane treatment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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