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KC to exhibit exclusive Landseer work

Painting unseen in the UK for 50 years

A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society

The Kennel Club Art Gallery, the largest collection of canine art in Europe, has successfully negotiated with Tate Britain to exhibit a recently-restored painting by Sir Edwin Landseer for at least a further three years.

A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society went on show at the Kennel Club Art Gallery this year as part of the ‘Pets & Prizewinners’ exhibition, a display of Victorian and Edwardian canine art that opened to critical acclaim in July.

Admission to the exhibition which is open until 29th January 2010 is free, by appointment, and it showcases the progression of canine art in the late 19th and into the 20th century. Also included are works by notable Victorian animal artists George Earl, one of the earliest members of the Kennel Club, Wright Barker, John Emms, Thomas Blinks, Lilian Cheviot and Richard Ansdell and Maud Earl.

Landseer’s work shows one of his most famous dog subjects, a white and black Newfoundland, a variety of the breed eventually named after the artist himself. Landseer is nowadays probably best known to the general public for creating the renowned lion statues located in Trafalgar Square in the heart of London.

A recent article in The Times described the Kennel Club Art Gallery as the ‘most exclusive public gallery in Britain’, commending the current ‘Pets and Prizewinners’ exhibition, and in particular the works of Maud Earl, whom the author calls ‘the undisputed lyricist of the pedigree champ’.
After the closure of the current exhibition, the painting will still be available to view at the Gallery, based on Clarges Street just off Piccadilly at the Kennel Club’s headquarters, until at least November 2012.

Caroline Kisko, Communications Director at the Kennel Club, commented: “It’s a real triumph to have extended our loan of the restored Landseer work that has been unseen in the UK for so long until the Kennel Club Gallery exhibition. We’ve been receiving rave reviews about the exhibition and we hope to see many more visitors to the Gallery at Kennel Club HQ.”

The Kennel Club Art Gallery is situated at 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB and is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm by appointment. To book an appointment or for further information please call 020 7518 1064 or e-mail


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