The William Secord Gallery specializes in fine nineteenth century dog and animal paintings. Located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, it is the only gallery of its kind in North America was established in 1990 and since then, has become a popular destination for those interested in dog art and collectibles.
The founding director of The Dog Museum of America, William Secord is the world authority on nineteenth century dog painting and is the first author to explore the representation of the dog from its origins to the remarkable paintings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries up to modern times. He is the author of the best-selling "Dog Painting, 1840-1940, a Social History of The Dog in Art", as well as three other books on nineteenth century dog paintings: "Dog Painting, The European Breeds"; "A Breed Apart, The Art Collections of The American Kennel Club and The American Kennel Club Museum of The Dog"; and "Dog Painting, A History of The Dog in Art". Secord's latest book "The American Dog at Home, The Dog Portraits of Christine Merrill", features 33 of Merrill's clients whom Secord interviewed from around the country, photographing them with their dogs and their collections.
The gallery features an extensive collection of nineteenth century dog and animal paintings, bronzes and works on paper. Works by such artists as Richard Ansdell, Thomas Blinks, Rosa Bonheur, Lilian Cheviot, Alfred de Dreux, Alfred Duke, George Earl, Maud Earl, Thomas Earl, John Emms, George Henry Horlow, Mabel Hollams, Sir Edwin Landseer, Michael Lyne, Edwin Megargee, Sir Alfred Munnings, Gustav Muss-Arnolt, Edmund Henry Osthaus, Charles Olivier de Penne, Alexander Pope, Percival Rosseau and Arthur Wardle, among others; works on paper by R. Ward Binks, Bert Cobb, Gladys Emerson Cook, Lucy Dawson, Morgan Dennis, Herbert Dicksee and Marguerite Kirmse; bronzes by Antoine Louis Barye, Isidore J. Bonheur, Richard Fath, Emmanuel J. Fremiet, Pierre Jules Méne, Jules Moigniez and Charles Marion Russell.
While initially known for its antique dog paintings, the gallery has branched out to the contemporary market. "Up until recently," William Secord states, "it was almost impossible to find an artist who was capable of capturing on canvas the true nature of our pets." This is no longer the case, for the gallery now represents the work of the following living artists who are modern masters of the genre: Pamela Hall, Christine Merrill, Bruce Padgett and Debi Lampert-Rudman. Examples of these artists' works are always available at the gallery and commissions may be arranged.
Whether it is an antique dog painting, an antique walking stick, 19th century French bronze, or a portrait of your favorite pet, there is always something of interest at our gallery. For a dog lover it's a must!