Labradors in art

Easily the most popular breed in the world, the Labrador Retriever appears in countless paintings as man’s constant companion through the years.

Ch Ruler of Blaircourt and Sh Ch Tessa of Blaircourt, watercolour by Kate C Brown.

Ch Ruler of Blaircourt and Sh Ch Tessa of Blaircourt, watercolour by Kate C Brown.

Following a move from its previous premises, the Kennel Club Art Gallery has opened its first exhibition, The Labrador Retriever in Art, in its brand new home in Clarges Street, London, which will run until Friday 29 July 2016.

On display are pieces by historically important artists -  such as Reuben Ward Binks, Herbert Dicksee, Cecil Aldin, Terence Cuneo, Patience Birley, Kate C Brown, Stanley Thorogood and Vernon Stokes - and contemporary artists such as Gary Stinton, Mary Beattie Scott, John Silver, Ann Britton and Katie Stewart.

In addition to the works of art, important historical items connected to the breed are on display.

Ciara Farrell, Kennel Club Library and Collections Manager, said, “Early representations of Labrador Retrievers in art are extremely scarce, but we are lucky enough to have some works dating from around 1850 included in the exhibition, which will encompass the timescale of the breed and demonstrate the many varied styles and mediums employed by the artists. This is a unique opportunity to see a visual journey of the breed’s development, with a mixture of historical pieces and more contemporary work, all of which celebrate Labrador Retrievers and the many roles they play in our lives, both now and in the past.”

Image provided by the Kennel Club.