The Kennel Club Art Gallery and Library

Dog sitting in The Kennel Club Art Gallery
Rachel Oates © / The Kennel Club

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 just a short walk away.

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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 and 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 ongoing 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, our art gallery has hosted 25 themed exhibitions and five Christmas art fairs. The library and 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.

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. A selection of prints taken from our art collection are available for purchase.

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

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.

Find out how you can join a tour of The Kennel Club, which includes our art gallery.

Opening hours by appointment: Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Contact us for enquiries and bookings

Telephone: 020 7518 1064
Fax: 020 7518 1045
Send an email to The Kennel Club Art Gallery

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

The Kennel Club Library

The Kennel Club Library is Europe's biggest dog library. We are happy to welcome visitors and help you with your dog research.

Search The Kennel Club Library's online catalogue.

Discover our collections

Books

The Kennel Club Library holds books on every breed recognised by The Kennel Club and also covers a whole host of topics, such as dog training, dog breeding, dog shows, field trials and other dog activities, dog health and veterinary care, dogs in art and even dogs in literature. Our collection of rare dog books includes titles dating back to the 17th century.

Newspapers and journals

The Kennel Club Library keeps a wide selection of dog magazines and dog newspapers, including international titles. We hold a complete run of The Kennel Gazette and we also hold back issues of Our Dogs, Dog World and more. 

Special collections

A features of The Kennel Club Library is our unique collection of canine research material collected by distinguished dog breeders. These collections include scrapbooks, notebooks, photographs, pedigrees and collections of dog ephemera. 

The Kennel Club Stud Books and Breed Records Supplements

We hold a complete set of The Kennel Club Stud Books and The Kennel Club Breed Records Supplements. These are essential sources for breed history and pedigree research. We also hold original Kennel Club registration cards on microfilm for a number of breeds. Email us for more details

Breed clubs       

We hold breed club year books, newsletters and other publications from most UK breed clubs and canine associations and these are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in breed club history. 

Dog show catalogues

Our collection of Crufts catalogues and championship dog show catalogues date from the late 19th century to the present. These are marked catalogues and include the full dog show results. We also hold field trials catalogues, working trials catalogues and obedience trials catalogues.

DVDs and videos

Our DVD and video collection includes works on different dog breeds and on dog training and care. Footage from Crufts and other Kennel Club events can be obtained through The Kennel Club Library. Viewing facilities are provided.

The Kennel Club Library's copyright guide

What is copyright?

Copyright is one of the main types of intellectual property. It allows the copyright owner to protect against others copying or reproducing their work without permission and ensures that they are properly credited for their work and, where appropriate, paid for their work. Copyright applies to print, artwork, photographs, films and recordings etc.

Copyright for students

How much can I copy (or ask the librarian to copy for me)?

For material that is out of copyright (over 70 years since the death of the creator or otherwise exempt from copyright) there is no restriction. For material that is in copyright, there is no exact percentage of the 'limited' amount you can copy under fair dealing exceptions such as non-commercial research and private study.

However, fair dealing for non-commercial research and private study is allowed only if:
  • the purpose of the use is non-commercial research and/or private study
  • the use of the materials is fair
  • the use is made by researchers or students for their own use only
  • researchers give credit to the copyright holder
Here is some guidance on what would be considered fair:
  • One article in a single issue of a journal or set of conference proceedings, or a single law report
  • Up to 10% of a book or a complete chapter, whichever is greater
  • A whole poem or short story from a collection, provided the item is not more than 10 pages
  • Up to 10% (maximum of 20 pages) per short book (without chapters), report or pamphlet
  • One separate illustration or map up to A4 size
  • Short excerpts from musical works (not whole works or movements). No copying is allowed for performance purposes

Is it ok to photograph a chapter of a book on my smartphone or other device opposed to photocopying?

Yes, as long as it is for your own non-commercial research or private study. There are no restrictions on changing the format of the copyright work, provided the copying is fair. You must not make a copy and then send to other individuals.

Copyright declaration

If you are asking a librarian to do the scanning or copying for you, you must fill out a copyright declaration stating that your copying is for non-commercial research and private study and you will not distribute it to anyone else.

Digital images copyright declaration

If you are photographing a book with your smartphone or other device at The Kennel Club Library, you must fill out a digital copying declaration stating that your copying is for non-commercial research and private study and you will not distribute it to anyone else.

Note that if you want things printed out rather than scanned or photographed, you may still be charged for printing and photocopying to cover the cost of paper and ink and staff time, and you may still be charged for postage.

Copyright for commercial research

This is research you will use in any money-making activity – a book or article you are being paid to write or anything connected with your own business or your employer’s business. For material that is out of copyright (over 70 years since the death of the creator or otherwise exempt from copyright) there is no restriction and no fee.

For material that is in copyright, a Copyright Licensing Agency fee of £15 per work will apply. The Copyright Licensing Agency will redistribute this fee to the copyright owner. It’s often cheaper to simply buy the book if it is still available.

Copyright declaration

If you are asking a librarian to do the scanning or copying for you, you must fill out a copyright declaration stating that your copying is for commercial research, that you will not distribute it to anyone else and acknowledging that the Copyright Licensing Agency may take action against you if you violate these terms.

Note that if you want things printed out rather than scanned or photographed, you may still be charged for printing and photocopying to cover the cost of paper and ink and staff time, and you may still be charged for postage.

Opening hours by appointment: Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Contact us for enquiries

Telephone: 020 7518 1009
Fax: 020 7518 1058
Send an email to The Kennel Club Library

Current exhibition

Hidden Treasures of The Kennel Club

9 May 2019 - November 2020

Please note that the Art Gallery is currently closed until further notice.

Our current exhibition focuses on The Kennel Club’s own extensive canine art collection; the largest of its kind in Europe. Visitors to this exhibition will have the opportunity to see a wide range of oil paintings, watercolours, prints and sculptures featuring a variety of different breeds of dog. Many of these exhibits have not been on public display before. Along with these artworks, the Art Gallery will also be showcasing The Kennel Club’s collection of ephemera and trophies, including medals, spoons and other items given as dog show souvenirs throughout the last century.

For more information on this exhibition please email The Kennel Club Art Gallery.

Crufts catalogues online

All Crufts catalogues from 1886 onwards have been scanned and converted to PDFs and these can be obtained from The Kennel Club Library.

The Kennel Club holds the copyright to all Crufts catalogues and schedules. Permission is granted to reproduce for personal and educational use only. Commercial copying, hiring, lending is prohibited. Please note that some of the files are quite large.

If you have any questions about any of the schedules or catalogues please contact The Kennel Club Library or call 01296 318540 ext. 274.

How to access the catalogues

  1. Open the link to the Crufts catalogues
  2. Enter your search term in the search box in the top right-hand corner and click "go". This will display the cover of every catalogue which includes your search term
  3. To open a catalogue, click on the catalogue cover image
  4. This will open a new page. On the right-hand side you will see the words "original file" - click on this to open the catalogue in your pdf reader
  5. When you open the catalogue, use your pdf reader's search tool to find the search term
  6. This will take you to the place in the text where the search term occurs

Picture library

The Kennel Club Picture Library is a commercial online picture library holding one of the largest collections of dog images, anywhere. Access The Kennel Club Picture Library.