Museum of the Dog



On exhibit in the Cam Lyman Gallery:

Henry Bernard Chalon
Hannibal and Princess
c. 1806
Oil on board
Gift of the Nancy-Caroll Draper estate

Henry Bernard Chalon (1770-1849) studied at the Royal Academy Schools and then started specializing in sporting and animal painting. He was appointed Animal Painter to Frederica Charlotte of Prussia, the Duchess of York and Albany, in 1795, and later to both the Prince Regent and King William IV.  The adult dogs in this painting, Hannibal and Princess, were brought to England from Hesse-Cassel, Germany to be presented to Duchess Frederica afterwhich this painting was finished.  These type of Great Danes were called Wild Boar Hounds or Tiger Dogs at the timeThe painting was reproduced in The Sporting Magazine in 1807 and from thence in Edward C. Ash's Dogs: Their History and Development, Volume 1. 

Sporting Dogs in Art is currently displayed in the Main Hallway Gallery through March 13th, 2016.  The exhibit includes selections from the permanent collection of various sporting breeds such as the Irish Setter, Pointer, Brittany Spaniel, and Flat-Coated Retriever.  Many other paintings, prints, and sculpture of sporting breeds are located throughout the Museum. 

Percival Rosseau
Setter in a Field
Oil on canvas
Gift of The Westminster Kennel Foundation

The Sally Johnson Spillane Special Exhibit Gallery through March 26th, 2016:
The Canine Art of Maud Earl
This exhibit features the Museum's collection of art by the extraordinary canine artist, Maud Earl (1864-1943).  Maud Alice Earl became a professional animalier in the 19th century creating numerous paintings and prints of pure bred dogs.  Miss Earl never used photographs to produce her paintings.  She preferred to paint what she saw rather than what the lens captured.  With the help of an attendant, she would pose the canine subject for a sketching before producing the painting.  Miss Earl once said about settling the dog for a sketch: "...You must know how to quiet them when they become excited and nervous. You must know all their little likes and dislikes...". 
Maud Earl worked as a professional artist for over 50 years.

Maud Earl
Senior Wranglers
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Jean Graves Brainard estate

Dogs in Porcelain Sculpture

Royal Doulton
Designer Peggy Davies
Gift of the Glen Twiford estate

This exhibit in the recently renovated Westminster Gallery of the Jarville House features the Museum’s collection of lovely porcelains focusing on the recently gifted pieces from the Glen Twiford estate.  A discerning collector of dogs in porcelain sculpture, Mr. Twiford’s collection numbers approximately 125 pieces.  Also displayed throughout the Museum will be collection pieces gifted from past donors such as Jean Ann Cone, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Billings, Gilbert S. Kahn, Mr. and Mrs. Herman L. Fellton, Marie A. Moore, Nancy-Carroll Draper, and Paul Tolliver.  Exhibit objects will range in size from small to nearly life-size and include depictions of many breeds of dogs.  Various pieces from the historic porcelain makers such as Royal Doulton, Meissen, Royal Copenhagen, Rosenthal, Nymphenburg, and Hutschenreuther will comprise the exhibit.  Pieces range from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Landseer wall: 
A focus upon several works in the Museum's collection by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer.

Edwin Henry Landseer
The Two Dogs (detail)
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Cynthia S. Wood estate

Dog Show Scenes
by Terry d. Chacon
was presented from April 22nd through
June 22, 2014.

Terry d. Chacon
The Girls
Oil on canvas


Gifted by William F. and Carolyn G. Stifel

Maud Earl
I Belong To The King

Gifted by Randy and Penny Frederiksen on behalf of Appie Myers through the Basset Hound Club of America

David Zettner
Ch. My Lu's Sunshine Shirley



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