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The Kennel Club's Art Gallery


The Kennel Club Dog Art Gallery houses the largest collection of dog paintings in Europe. 

Located in central London, the nearest tube station is Green Park, which is a short walk away.

If you would like to join a tour of the Kennel Club, which includes the art gallery, please click here.

Opening hours by appointment

Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Please note: it is essential that appointments are booked in advance

Contact us for enquiries and bookings

Telephone: 020 7518 1064
Fax: 020 7518 1045
Email the Art Gallery (artgallery@thekennelclub.org.uk)

Current exhibition

Magnificent Molossers

‘Magnificent Molossers’, a new exhibition of art featuring the Mastiff, Bullmastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff and Dogue de Bordeaux, is now open at the Kennel Club Art Gallery.

The exhibition features four of the Molosser breeds in art and will run until 28th July 2017.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see a wide selection of art mediums featuring the Molosser, including oil paintings, engravings and bronze, resin and porcelain models, alongside other types of ephemera including dog collars and even a chess set complete with Bullmastiff figures.
Exhibits range from a copy of an Assyrian bas-relief, the original of which dates from 635 BC, through to contemporary canine artwork from well-known artists of the 21st century such as resin sculptures by Sylvia Evans and paintings by artists Martial Robin and Stuart Mallard.

Other highlights include a wonderful collection of late 19th century bronzes from France and Germany, and a unique and very rare stud book and photograph album compiled by the famous Mastiff breeder, Reverend MB Wynn.

Much of the exhibition has been borrowed from private collections, making this a very unique display featuring items that have never before been seen by the public.

Book now by calling 020 7518 1064 or emailing artgallery@thekennelclub.org.uk.

Upcoming exhibitions

Dogs of the Far East: 7th September 2017 – 12th January 2018

Exhibition Proposals

The Art Gallery is not considering any exhibition proposals at this time. Further information will be released when we are able to do so.

About our art collection

Opened in 2003 this informative art gallery provides a centre of learning for all those wishing to research the dog in art. It is also a place of enjoyment for everyone interested in dogs. The collection features works by famous dog artists such as:

  • Maud Earl
  • George Earl
  • Richard Ansdell
  • Arthur Wardle
  • Cecil Aldin

A series of dog art exhibitions are also held in the gallery every year on a variety of themes, featuring sculptures, drawings as well as dog paintings. Past displays include breed exhibitions and dog subjects such as:

  • The Golden Retriever in Art
  • The Fox Terrier in Art
  • Royal Dogs
  • Dogs in War
  • British & Irish Vulnerable Breeds

About the art gallery

The Kennel Club has the largest canine art collection in Europe. With the refurbishment of the Kennel Club's headquarters at Clarges Street in the late 1990s, the opportunity for a gallery space arose. The first task of the Library & Gallery Panel was to design a gallery space befitting the Kennel Club's fine art collection and suitable for hosting what would become a very successful on-going series of temporary exhibitions.

The space combines tradition and elegance with the functional requirements of a modern art gallery. An idea from Ronnie Irving, when he was Chairman of the Kennel Club, was a request to Tate Britain to have on long-term loan the iconic painting A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society by Sir Edwin Landseer. The request was granted and we are very proud that it hangs in the Kennel Club Art Gallery. To date the art gallery has hosted 25 themed exhibitions and 5 Christmas Art Fairs. The Library & Collections staff have co-ordinated the loans of thousands of artworks, many of which form part of private collections, making these exhibitions the most unique and exclusive displays of canine art in the world.

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