The Kennel Club Art Gallery’s next exhibition, The Golden Retriever in Art, opens on February 9 and runs until June 12.
The exhibition focuses not only on the history of the breed, but also shows how the Golden Retriever has been portrayed in contemporary art.
The exhibition includes a wonderful selection of paintings from private homes, which have never been seen in public before.
Visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to see sculptures by Rosemary Cook and Brian Maynard, together with 19th Century animalier bronzes and models by Royal Doulton and Minton, all of which depict this popular breed. Other items such as jewellery, badges, decorative plates and historic photographs make this exhibition a must see for any Golden Retriever enthusiast.
The history of the Golden Retriever begins with the development of the yellow Retriever by the first Lord Tweedmouth at his Scottish estate, Guisachan. This breed was later named the Golden Retriever. The first mating took place in 1868 between Nous, a yellow Retriever from two black wavy Retriever parents, and Belle a Tweed Water Spaniel. This litter included Crocus who belonged to Lord Tweedmouth’s eldest son Edward, and a photograph of Crocus features in the exhibition. In this picture Crocus can be seen with two bitches, Cowslip and Primrose, both important in further stages of the development of the breed.
From a repeat mating of Nous and Belle in 1871 came Ada who went to the fifth Earl of Ilchester, Lord Tweedmouth’s nephew. The original painting of the Earl with Ada also features in the display. Also on display is a copy of the Gourlay Steele painting of Lord Tweedmouth’s eldest daughter Mary on the horse Sunflower with Cowslip from that first litter.
The Kennel Club Library also has a number of items directly linked to this wonderful exhibition available for viewing. These include Lord Tweedmouth’s original Stud Book left to the Kennel Club by his granddaughter Lady Pentland, copies of the Guisachan Game Books from Lord Tweedmouth’s time and the Elma Stonex scrapbooks.
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