The founding director of The Dog Museum of America, William Secord is the world authority on nineteenth century dog painting and is the first author to explore the representation of the dog from its origins to the remarkable paintings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries up to modern times. He is the author of the best-selling Dog Painting, 1840-1940, a Social History of The Dog in Art, as well as three other books on nineteenth century dog paintings "Dog Painting, The European Breeds"; "A Breed Apart, The Art Collections of The American Kennel Club and The American Kennel Club Museum of The Dog"; and “Dog Painting, A History of The Dog in Art”.
Secord's latest book The American Dog at Home, The Dog Portraits of Christine Merrill, features 33 of Merrill's clients whom Secord interviewed from around the country, photographing them with their dogs and their collections. Collectors include conductor Leon Fleisher, interior designer Bruce Bierman and best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford. All these and other books are available at the gallery and on our web site book store.
The gallery features an extensive collection of nineteenth century dog and animal paintings, bronzes and works on paper. Works by such artists as Richard Ansdell, Thomas Blinks, Rosa Bonheur, Lilian Cheviot, Alfred de Dreux, Alfred Duke, George Earl, Maud Earl, Thomas Earl, John Emms, George Henry Harlow, Mabel Hollams, Sir Edwin Landseer, Michael Lyne, Edwin Megargee, Sir Alfred Munnings, Gustav Muss-Arnolt, Edmund Henry Osthaus, Charles Olivier de Penne, Alexander Pope, Percival Rosseau and Arthur Wardle, among others; works on paper by Bert Cobb, Gladys Emerson Cook, Lucy Dawson, Morgan Dennis, Herbert Dicksee and Marguerite Kirmse, bronzes by Richard Fath and Pierre Jules Méne.
While initially known for its antique dog paintings, the gallery has branched out to the contemporary market. "Up until recently," William Secord states, "it was almost impossible to find an artist who was capable of capturing on canvas the true nature of our pets." This is no longer the case, for the gallery now represents the work of three living artists who are modern masters of the genre: Pamela Hall, Christine Merrill, Sheela Marie Padgett and Liza Tivey. Examples of these artists' work are always available at the gallery and commissions may be arranged.
Whether it is an antique dog painting, an antique walking stick, 19th century French bronze, or a portrait of your favorite pet, there is always something of interest at our gallery. For a dog lover it’s a must!