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Dog Paintings

Gallerist William Second joins Martha for a look at somc classic animal paintings.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2008

William Secord, the owner of the William Secord Gallery, a charming art gallery on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that specializes in fine 19th-century dog paintings, brought some examples to share with Martha.

Philip Reinagle (1749-1833)
"Sportsman with Setter and Pheasant"
Philip Reinagle, one of the best artists who painted dogs in late-18th-century Britain, specialized in birds, dogs, horses, and cattle, often set in beautiful landscapes. Price: $40,000.

Edwin Megargee (1883-1958)
"For Sale, Setter Puppies"
Edwin Megargee studied at Drexel in Philadelphia and the Art Student's League in New York City. He specialized in purebred dogs and rarely did portraits of pets. An American Kennel Club judge, he painted portraits commissioned by dog-show competitors. His entire collection consisted almost entirely of commissioned purebred dog portraits. Price: $24,000.

John Emms (1843-1912)
"Two Foxhounds and Fox Terrier on a Kennel Bench"
John Emms, one of best animal painters of the late-19th and early-20th century, was known for his paintings of horses, hounds, and terriers. Price: $300,000.

John S. Noble (1848-1896)
"Pug and Terrier "
John S. Noble exhibited 48 paintings at the Royal Academy between 1871 and 1895. Noted for sporting scenes, especially Bloodhounds and Otterhounds, his paintings seem to give human feelings to dogs. Price: $125,000.

Arthur Wardle (1864-1949)
"The Totteridge X1"
Best known for his paintings of terriers, Arthur Wardle also painted wild and domestic animals. Although he had little formal training, he was proficient in oil, watercolor, and pastel, and became member of Pastel Society 1911. He studied live animals at the London Zoo and frequented dog shows, and his work has been reproduced extensively on postcards and cigarette cards in London. Price: $125,000.

Richard Ansdell (1815-1885)
"Highland Todd, Fox Hunter"
Richard Ansdell, one of finest 19th-century animal artists, painted Scottish scenes and life in Highlands. Known for dog and animal portraits with tight academic style, he paid great attention to the detail of dogs' anatomy and coat texture. Price: $250,000.

Special Thanks
Special thanks to dog-painting expert William Secord for sharing these lovely paintings with us, and to William Secord Gallery for giving the studio audience a copy of his most recent book, "A Breed Apart: The Art Collections of the American Club." Special thanks to AKC Gallery (800-853-5278) for providing the paintings used in today's segment and the photos attached to this article. The AKC Gallery is the exclusive publisher of the reproductions from the American Kennel Club's prestigious art collection available in limited-edition prints. You can purchase them in the petite, premier, and special-edition sizes.

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