William Secord is the authority on dog paintings from the past and present. He is the author of many books on the subjects of dogs and art. Mr. Secord's art gallery, in New York City, is a treasure trove of the world's finest historical depictions of dogs. In this episode, Adam Winston learns how art history can teach us more about the dogs in our world. Join the audience at dogsinourworld.com. Leave us a rating and review on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud or Stitcher.
William Secord is the world's leading authority on nineteenth century dog paintings, and the owner of the eponymous gallery on Manhattan's Upper East Side, specializing in the sale of fine nineteenth and early twentieth dog and animal paintings.
With a background in art history and arts administration (B.A. with Honors in Art History, Carleton University; M.A. Arts Administration, New York University), Secord worked at the Museum of American Folk Art before embarking on his career in dog and animal art. In 1981 he became the first director of The Dog Museum of America in New York City, which mounted an impressive series of exhibitions. When the Museum moved to its current headquarters in St. Louis in 1986, Secord started his own art business and in 1990 opened a commercial gallery.
The author of many books and articles on the subject of the dog in art, Secord's first book on dog painting, Dog Painting, 1840-1940, A Social History of the Dog in Art, published in 1992, went into six printings and is now out of print. His 456 page revision of this book, now entitled, Dog Painting, A History of The Dog in Art, is lavishly illustrated in full color with 525 illustrations.
Secord is also the author of Dog Painting, The European Breeds, his second book for The Antique Collectors' Club, published in 2000, and now in its second edition. His third book on nineteenth century dog painting A Breed Apart, The Art Collections of The AKC and The AKC Museum of The Dog, with 450 color illustrations, was published in 2002 by the Antique Collectors' Club, and is currently in its second printing. Secord also co-authored Best in Show, The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to the Present, a catalogue published by Yale University Press in 2006. His latest book, The American Dog at Home, The Dog Portraits of Christine Merrill, published by ACC Editions in 2010, is in its second printing.
An acknowledged expert in the field, Secord has lectured extensively on dog painting. He is active in many dog and animal-related charities. He served on the National Board of Directors of The ASPCA from1997 to 2008. He is member of the Morris and Essex Kennel Club, an overseas member of The Kennel Club, London, and a life member of The British Sporting Art Trust.
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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!
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Commissioning a portrait of your pet is a wonderful way to immortalize the special relationship that you have with your cat or dog. Each of our artists have received rave reviews from past clients and each works in a traditional style, suitable to immortalize your pets.
The AKC Museum of the Dog located in West St. Louis County boasts the country's largest collection of art devoted to man's best friend. Exhibits include works by artistic masters through the ages displayed in historic Jarville House, a Greek Revival-style home built in 1853. A modern wing with additional exhibit galleries was completed in 1990.
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 - 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
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.
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.
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.
Telling the story of sporting life through books and art.
Founded in 1954, the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is located in Middleburg, the heart of Virginia’s beautiful hunt country. The inviting, 6-acre campus, world-class research Library, and fine art Museum highlight the rich heritage and tradition of country pursuits. Angling, horsemanship, shooting, steeplechasing, foxhunting, flat racing, polo, coaching, and wildlife are among the subjects one can explore in the institution’s general stacks, rare book holdings, archives, and art collection. The NSLM offers a wide variety of educational programs, exhibitions, and family activities throughout the year.