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 

Promoting the Pedigree through Photography: Thomas Fall
12th September 2018 - 29th March 2019

The Kennel Club in partnership with the Mary Evans Picture Library are proud to host the very first exhibition in the world on the photography of the famous Thomas Fall. The exhibition showcases photographic works and archive ephemera from all four Thomas Falls: the original Thomas Fall (b1833-1900), Edward Hitchings Parker (Thomas Fall number two), Barbara Burrows (Thomas Fall number three) and Mary Evans Picture Library (who by acquiring the vast collection became Thomas Fall number four).

Thomas Fall is a name which was and still is synonymous with the highest quality pedigree and champion dog photographs for over a century. The Thomas Fall collection represents key photographs from when the first Thomas Fall set up his photography studio in 1875 at 9 Baker Street, London through to 1990 when the late Barbara Burrows (nee Bourn) retired from taking photographs. It is the single, largest and most historical dog photograph archive in the world and represents the significance of the progression of British pedigree dogs through photographic records.

Promoting the Pedigree through Photography: Thomas Fall is the first exhibition of its kind to showcase a selection photographs and artefacts from the famous Thomas Fall archive, with a narrative tracing the development of the business through its proprietors – the ‘four Thomas Falls’ within the exhibition space of the Kennel Club Art Gallery. This is accompanied by a comprehensive exhibition catalogue (available for purchase), which includes further images and contextualised information on the history and progression of the Thomas Fall business enterprise over the last century.

The Kennel Club is immensely grateful to Mary Evans Picture Library for their generosity in allowing loans from this prized collection which largely forms the majority of the display for this special exhibition.
For more information about the Thomas Fall collection or to order prints from the Thomas Fall collection visit www.thomasfall.com and www.maryevans.com.

For further information on the exhibition or to purchase an exhibition catalogue, Promoting the Pedigree through Photography: Thomas Fall, please contact the Art Gallery using the details above.

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

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

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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