""5556 Robert Le Diable" -- Highland Kennels, Red Bank, N.J. Breeder, St. Louis Kennel Club, St. Louis, Mo. Whelped June 12, 1883; liver, white and ticked; by "Champion Croxteth", out of "Spinaway". See tabulated pedigree. [note - not scanned yet]. Field Trial: -- Winner all-aged Pointer stake, E.F.T. Club, 1886. Bench Shows: --
Special for best Pointer, New York; special for best Sporting Dog, New York, 1885; 1st, St. Louis; 1st, Cincinnati; champion, Pittsburg;
champion and special; New York 1886."
-- AKC Studbook, 1887, Vol.IV
"During 1885, Mr. James L. Anthony of New York startled
the kennel world by importing the famed
and a valuable brood bitch,
"Nell of Efford",
from Mr. Norrish's kennels in Devonshire. ...
"Graphic's" first appearance was at the Pittsburgh show of 1886.
Major Taylor judged and when it came to the special for the best
pointer he gave it to "Robert le Diable"
over "Revel III" and "Graphic"."
-- James Watson, "The Dog Book", 1906; reprinted in Pointer Points, vol.4-91
""Robert le Diable" was unquestionably
most noted son in
bench show realms. This dog was shown fearlessly in the best of competition,
and soon attained championship honors. He was also a field trial winner."
-- A.F. Hochwalt, 1923, The Modern Pointer
""Graphic" was whelped April 15, 1881, consequently he was just past four years of age when he came to this country to head the Graphic Kennels. He was not shown on the bench until the following year, when he made his American debut at Pittsburgh under the late Major J.M. Taylor. He won in his class, but when it came to the special for the best pointer in the show he,
"Robert Le Diable" and
"Revel III" met. The decision went to "Robert Le Diable", although press reports seemed to be unanimous that both "Revel III" and "Graphic" were better than the son of
"Croxteth" and should have gone over him. A few weeks later, at Newark, under John Davidson, "Graphic" and
"Beaufort" met for the first time, when the latter was given the blue, which decision was generally conceded to be correct, but "Revel III" was awarded the special for best of the breed. At New York, J.M. Tracy followed Major Taylor's lead and placed "Robert Le Diable" over "Graphic", but once more there was a protest from the press. His show career continued through many years and few dogs ever made a better record than him."
-- Hochwalt, 1923, The Modern Pointer