As today marks National Dog Day we take a tour of dogs in art.

“Lime Tree Shade” by Amy Katherine Browning is a heavily impasto oil painting of the Impressionist movement and was created in 1913.  Browning studied at The Royal Academy in London and this painting went on to win the Gold Medal in the 1922 Paris Salon.  Now held within The Ipswich Museum Collection, it featured in “The Book of The Dog”, alongside the caption “English Impressionism in Springtime.  Dappled Light, Girl in a crisp frock, and a vast, slobbering Great Dane.”

The Book of the Dog” by Angus Hyland and Kendra Wilson is a study of artworks featuring dogs along side text exploring the artists, their artwork and the breeds of dogs featured. “Weimaraner” Drawing by Laura Hardie, features in the book as shown above.

“Working Dogs” are often featured in artwork.  We particularly like this portrait of Twist by JA Glendenning from 1906.  Titled “A Collecting Dog”, this pooch would wait on the platform with his collection tin strapped to his body.  This painting is now part of the collection at the “Darlington Railway Museum” in salute to the dogs years of service and as a reminder of how times have changed.

David Hockney is renown for his love of dogs and has painted many portraits of his dachshunds “Stanley” and “Boodgie”.  In 1998 he published a book titled “David Hockney’s Dog Day” and galleries continue to display etchings and sketches of his dogs.

With the National Galleries of Scotland re-opening this week, we hope you enjoy re-discovering some great dogs in our National Collection.  Look out for works by George Stubs, Elizabeth Frink, Sir Henry Raeburn and Sir William Allan.