Over 50 works, arranged by theme, are drawn from major British collections, including the Royal Collection, the V & A, Tate Britain, the British Museum, and a wealth of regional museums and private collections. In addition memorabilia and souvenirs-bronzes, photos, brooches, and Faberge works, many relating to the British royals, especially Queen Victoria and her children- all evoke the sense of a cabinet of curiosities. This is a must-have for dog lovers.
This is a wonderful overview of the remarkable range of dog portraits—there are no human sitters—produced over the last 250 years. It features well-known works such as Rosa Bonheur's Brizo, (one of the best-loved portraits in The Wallace Collection), George Stubbs' Turk, Thomas Gainsborough's portrait of his two dogs Tristram and Fox, Lucian Freud's oil painting of Pluto, his pet whippet, and David Hockney's dachshunds Stanley and Boodgie.
Director’s Foreword; Faithful and Fearless: Portraits of Dogs by Xavier Bray; Catalogue: Introduction; 1 The Aristocratic Dog; 2 The Royal Dog; 3 Kylin And Ah Cum: Two Pekinese; 4 The Artist’s Dog; 5 The Allegorical Dog; 6 The Heroic Dog; 7 The Dog Immortal; 8 Until Death; A Vet’s Point of View by Bruce Fogle; Index; Photo credits