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

Significant Women who have made a difference for dogs

Now extended until 27th July

This exhibition focuses on a total of 38 women who made major contributions to the dog world during their lifetimes. With exhibits drawn from the Kennel Club’s own collection, as well as from private collections, this exhibition is different from any other held at the Kennel Club Art Gallery. It honours the women who made such a difference in the world of dogs.

Once upon a time the breeding and exhibiting of dogs was a thoroughly, and deliberately, male preserve. But thanks to the energy and determined persistence of a number of the women included in this exhibition things have changed. Nowadays everybody has an equal opportunity to play a part in making a difference for dogs.

Within the exhibition space of the Art Gallery information and images regarding 20 of the most important women who have brought about this welcome revolution are featured. This is accompanied by a comprehensive exhibition catalogue, which also includes information on a further 18 women. These women came from all walks of life and brought different talents to their activities as breeders, exhibitors and hard-working committee members.

The full list of the 20 women included in the exhibition is as follows: 

Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904)

Mary Anne Foster (1839-1906)

Queen Alexandra (1844-1925)

Alice Stennard Robinson (1852-1932)

Maud Earl (1863-1943)

Maria Dickin (1870-1951)

Kathleen Pelham-Clinton, Duchess of Newcastle (1872-1955)

Lorna, Countess Howe (1887-1961)

Florence Nagle (1894-1988)

Gwen Broadley (1906-1999)

Barbara Burrows (1909-2005)

Elizabeth ‘Dibbie’ Somerfield (1910-1977)

Veronica Tudor-Williams (1911-1989)

Muriel Pearce (1915-2001)

Jean Faulks (1915-2015)

Catherine Sutton (1919-1987)

Bettie Town (1923-2013)

Sybil Churchill (1926-2008)

June Atkinson (1926-2011)

 

For further information or to purchase a catalogue please contact the Art Gallery using the details above.

Future exhibitions

The next exhibition at the Kennel Club Art Gallery will be:

Promoting the Pedigree through Photography: Thomas Fall

 

12th September 2018 - 29th March 2019

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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