English Toy Spaniels: The Cavalier And King Charles Spaniel In Art

The Kennel Club Art Gallery has announced the opening of its latest exhibition, which features two of the UK's most popular and well-loved breeds: the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and King Charles Spaniel.

Visitors will be able to view over 180 items representing these breeds through paintings, engravings, sculptures, photographs and ephemera. Important historical items will be on show, representing not only the sustained popularity of these breeds, but also their development.

A celebration of both breeds, this exhibition brings together items that have never been shown together before, ranging from 18thcentury pieces through to work by contemporary artists and craftspeople working today. Amongst all the notable pieces are works by historically important artists Cecil Aldin, George Cole, Maud Earl and Frances Fairman, as well as significant contemporary artists Paul Doyle, Maria Heskins, Diane Campbell-Watson and Anne Reddaway.

Ciara Farrell, Kennel Club Library and Collections Manager said: "Toy Spaniels have been providing comfort and companionship for hundreds of years, so it's no wonder they rank amongst Britain's most popular and best loved breeds. This exhibition is a celebration of the enduring appeal of these charming little companions."

The exhibition also contains many three-dimensional items including bronzes by T Hingre, PJ Mene and Charles Valton, together with a strong ceramic presence of Parian, Royal Copenhagen and Royal Doulton pieces.

The exhibition will run from 14th July 2014 until 9th January 2015 and can be viewed by appointment Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm.

For more information or to make an appointment to visit the exhibition, please contact the Art Gallery at: artgallery@thekennelclub.org.uk or telephone 020 7518 1064.

Please view the Kennel Club Art Gallery website page for more information on this and future exhibitions: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/artgallery.

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