In his later years he moved to St John's Wood, London. He received a small pension from HMV and continued to paint copies of the Nipper painting for HMV's overseas offices. So although not wealthy, he did not die in poverty.
Also, Nipper was not Francis's dog, but originally belonged to another brother, Mark. When Mark died, and his family split up, Francis and Philip looked after the dog. When Mark's family were able to make a home together again, Nipper returned to them.
Nipper died of a stroke, at the age of 11 years, in September 1895.
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