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If you love art and dog breeds from East Asia, here’s an event for you: a new art exhibition on dog breeds from East Asia will open at the Kennel Club Art Gallery on 14 September. It will feature the most familiar of breeds from China and Japan – including the Chow Chow, Japanese Chin and Pekingese, as well as the Akita, Chinese Created and Shiba Inu. The art exhibition will be open until 19 January 2018.

“Exhibits include a head study of the first Chow Chow breed champion together with nineteenth century Japanese woodblock prints,” a Kennel Club statement reads. “Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson’s painting of famous Victorian era actress Marie Tempest and her Japanese Chin, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, will also be on show together with a selection of Meissen ceramics and even an early twentieth century kimono.

“There will be an assortment of paintings and prints ranging from early nineteenth century works representing the Chinese Crested, through to contemporary pieces on the Akita, Akita Inu and Shiba Inu. Important sculptures and paintings of the Pekingese breed will also be on display, including a painting on silk by Maud Earl which is being exhibited in the UK for the first time.”

Visiting hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm, but you will need to book an appointment beforehand. To do so, please contact the Kennel Club Art Gallery on 020 7518 1064 or email artgallery@thekennelclub.org.uk.

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