Dog Art on Display at the Morris Museum

British and American dog art will be exhibited from September 12-December 14, 2014 at the Morris Museum in Morristown, N.J.

Posted: September 17, 2014 3 p.m. PST

Sunwall Painting Morris Museum
Joseph Sundwall, Something Only the Hounds Hear, (detail), Oil on canvas, Collection of Susan and David Budd.

Organized by the Morris Museum, The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions (September 12-December 14, 2014) celebrates dogs in art from the 19th century to the present with a focus on British and American artists. William Secord, a recognized expert on dog painting, has served as an advisor for the show.

Exploring how dogs embody a broad spectrum of emotions, this exhibition will examine works of art in which the dog takes center stage: demonstrating the performance of hounds and sporting dogs working in the field; showcasing specific characteristics of a breed as depicted in purebred portraits; and highlight pet portraits that portray the dog in its domestic environment.

The exhibition will feature dog paintings by world-renowned British artists, including Sir Richard A. Wilson, John Sergent Noble, John Emms, George Earl and Maud Earl; American 19th century artists Edmund Henry Osthaus, Edwin Megargee, Churchill Ettinger, David Johnson and Gustav Muss-Arnolt; contemporary artists such as Christine Merrill, Pamela Hall, Sheela Marie Padgett and Richard Greene; and local New Jersey artists A.B. Frost (works on paper), Susan Donnell Budd (pastel), Joseph Sundwall (oil), Pamela Barba (oil) and Debi Lampert-Rudman (ceramics).

More than 100 works will be on view that capture the talent and diversity of canine artists, and include original oil paintings, works on paper, bronze sculptures, decorative art, trophies and canine accessories.

The inspiration for the exhibition was Geraldine R. Dodge, a legend in the purebred dog world who was a renowned art collector, philanthropist, dog show judge, breeder and exhibitor. Mrs. Dodge, a longtime resident of Morris County, N.J., created Giralda Farms Kennels, known internationally as the home of the finest German Shepherds, Pointers and English Cocker Spaniels, among other breeds. In 1927, Mrs. Dodge created the Morris & Essex Dog Show, which was conducted from 1927 until 1953, and which became one of the most widely attended dog shows in the world, attracting up to 50,000 spectators. Her affection for dogs was not limited to living specimens, and Mrs. Dodge amassed an incredible art collection; artworks from the Dodge Collection are included in the exhibition.

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution that serves the public through high-caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. For more information, call 973-971-3700 or visit


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