William Secord: Dogs and Art - S01E08

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The William Secord Gallery specializes in the sale of the fine nineteenth and twentieth century dog and animal paintings. We also represent selected contemporary artists such as Christine Merrill, Pamela Dennis Hall and Liza Todd Tivey. The only gallery of its kind in North America, it was established by William Secord in 1990. Since then, it has become a popular destination for those interested in original dog paintings, works on paper, sculptures, books on dogs or commissioning a portrait of your pet.

William Secord is the world authority on the nineteenth century dog painting. He is the first author to explore the representation of the dog from its origins to the remarkable paintings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and up to modern times.

Secord was the founding director of The Dog Museum of America and is the author of several books: "Dog Painting, 1840-1940, a Social History of the Dog in Art", "Dog Painting, The European Breeds", and "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." He co-authored “Best in Show, The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to the Present”, a catalogue published by Yale University Press. Secord's latest book "The American Dog at Home, The Dog Portraits of Christine Merrill", features 33 of Merrill's clients whom Secord interviewed 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 books are available at the gallery and on our website.

Whether it is an antique dog painting, an antique walking stick, a 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!

Our web site is constantly being updated with new items. Please visit our site where you can search for your favorite breed, your favorite artist, see new acquisitions or view our entire inventory.
By: William Secord
William Secord is the first author to explore the presentation of the dog, from its origins in Greek, Roman and later European art, to the remarkable paintings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries up to modern times. In this splendid work he traces the evolution of some fifty breeds, using carefully selected illustrations by outstanding nineteenth and twentieth century artists, ranging from depictions of hounds and sporting dogs in the field to Victorian portraits of pampered pets and highly-bred favourites. From the diminutive chihuahua to the massive St Bernard, this fascinating account of most of the popular breeds provides an original and penetrating artistic record of mankind's faithful companions. It is also an invaluable reference work about the many superb painters who specialised in dog painting, providing an essential index for art historians, dealers and galleries requiring a directory of names and examples of the exponents of this popular genre.
Dog Painting 1840-1940 - A Social History of the Dog in Art
By: William Secord
Dog Painting - The European Breeds gives an historical overview of the extraordinary range of dog paintings created in Europe during the nineteenth century. While English artists dominated the field, many prominent European artists produced a wide range of paintings depicting the dog. Over ninety breeds are depicted in these paintings, from the lap dogs and hunting dogs of the aristocracy to the common shepherd's dogs who were prized for their keen working abilities. The book concentrates on the types of dogs and dog paintings which were characteristic of the countries of Europe, and the different national attitudes towards dogs and the organisation of canine societies. It also focuses on the many different European breeds. Over ninety are discussed in detail under five headings: Working and Herding; Hounds; Toys and Non-Sporting; Terriers; and Sporting Dogs. Dog Painting - The European Breeds also looks at the art worlds of the different European countries and the numerous artists who portray
Dog Painting - The European Breeds
By: William Secord
This volume is a testament to our love for the dog, in all its guises, in conformation dog shows, field and obedience trials, in the sporting field and as a pet. It is also a testament to the many artists, some of whom were virtually forgotten until recently, who chose to use their insights and artistic skills to portray the dog on canvas, paper and in porcelain and bronze. Chronicled in this monumental volume is the combined encyclopaedic collections of the American Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog.
Breed Apart: The Art Collections of the American Kennel Club and The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
By: William Secord
o A completely revised edition of this ACC classic, filled with new color images
o A visual feast of outstanding paintings by British and American artists
o Traces the development of pure-bred dogs and the social milieu in which they became fashionable
o Filled with anecdotes about animal loving patrons such as Queen Victoria
William Secord explores the presentation of the dog, from its origins in Greek, Roman and later European art, to the remarkable paintings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries up to modern times. In this splendid work he traces the evolution of some fifty breeds, using carefully selected illustrations by outstanding nineteenth and twentieth century artists, ranging from depictions of hounds and sporting dogs in the field to Victorian portraits of pampered pets and highly-bred favorites.
Dog Painting: A History of the Dog in Art
By: William Secord
Whether highly bred canines or loveable mixed breeds, America has fallen in love with the dog, and who better than Christine Merrill, America's premier pet portraitist, to chronicle this long term relationship. As best selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford exclaims, She has caught my Jemmy exactly; the portrait is perfect in every way. While grounded in the traditions of 18th and 19th century England, this Baltimore artist has over the past 20 years created a body of work, which depicts the American dog in its own especially American environment.
The American Dog at Home: The Dog Portraits of Christine Merrill