Catering for the top end of the international market, Richard Green’s gallery at 39 Dover Street, W1 (tel: 01-493 3939), will be holding its third annual exhibition of Victorian dog paintings, Good Companions, opening on February 7. As well as dog pictures of the sporting variety, the exhibition includes a fine Landseer and works by Arthur Wardle, Maud Earl and Thomas Blinks. In New York, similar artists will be featured in William Secord’s new gallery at 52 East 76th Street (tel: 010 1 212 249 0075), specializing in animal paintings. The opening exhibition, British Dog Painting 1840-1940, will run from February 12 to March 16. Other galleries which have a good stock of dog pictures are Ackermans, at 33 New Bond Street (tel: 01-493 3288), which sells pictures of sporting dogs dating from 1700 to the present day; MacConnal Mason, 14 Duke Street, St James’s (tel: 01-839 7693), dealin’g mainly in nineteenth-century dog pictures of the cuddly and sporting varieties; and Iona Antiques, PO Box 285, London W8 (tel: 01-602 1193) which has a large selection of nineteenth-century naive dog paintings (and other animals). 2 Awaiting Her Ladyship’s Return by John Russel, nineteenth-century, oil cm canvas, 19V2 x 29’f, Christie’s (February 14; estimate £2,000-£4,000). 3 Shepherd with Irish Wolfhounds by James Hardy Jnr. (1832-1889), water-colour, 10 x M’f, Christie’s (February 14; £2,000-£2,500). 4 Spaniels Flushing Mallard by George Armfield (1808-1893), oil on panel, 10 x 14″, Sara Davenport. 5 In Disgrace by William Woodhouse (1857-1939), oil on canvas, 18×24″, sold by Bonhams, February 1989, £8,800. 6 Portrait of a Pekinese by Lady Helen Gleichen, 1923, oil on panel, IOV2 x 14″, Sara Davenport. 7 Mother’s Pride by Raymonde Lynde, nineteenth-century, oil on canvas, 24 x 30″, sold by Bonhams, February 1989, £8,000. 8 La Joie de Vivre by Arthur Wardle (1864-1949), exhibited at theRA in 1919, oil on canvas, 28×37″, Christie’s (February 14; £15,000-£20,000>. 9 Fish is Cheap Today by Alfred Duke, nineteenth-century, oil on canvas, 14 x IOV4″, Bonhams (February 12; £800-£1,200, 10 T errier with Puppies by Arthur Wardle, oil on canvas, 20 x!6″, Richard Green, February 7. Old Shepherd’s Chief Mourner, depicting a faithful collie keeping vigil over his master’s coffin, and A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society, a portrait of a life-saving St. Bernard. Other accomplished dog artists who included genre pictures in their repertoire are Philip Eustace Stretton, Frank Paton and Conradyn Cunaeus.
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