Dog Paintings from the Collection of a Grande Dame

Eerdmans is pleased to present a collection of twenty-three fine dog paintings and works of art from the private collection of a Northeast Harbor Grande Dame, spanning over three centuries of British, European and American dog portraiture.

Depictions of the dog date back to the Bronze Age, reflecting how deep and enduring the relationship between humans and canines is. Valued for their roles as hunters, guardians, and, most of all, devoted companions, dogs have appeared in works of art historically as allegories for fidelity and loyalty; in hunting scenes at work; and in portraiture where a specific pet is represented. From the Renaissance onward, dogs often appeared in portraits with their aristocratic owners and as the interest in distinct breeds grew in the nineteenth century, as evidenced by the establishment of The Kennel Club in England in 1873, more commonly in portraits of their own.

Join us as we celebrate this distinguished group of "men's best friends”, including Maltese, Poodles, Spaniels, Terriers, Whippets and more formed in the old school tradition of Mrs. Astor and Mrs. Pierrepont, who helped build the collection.


December 05, 2020 - January 22, 2021


14 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003

Viewing Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11am to 5pm

Telephone us on +1 212 920 1393 to schedule a viewing or click here to make an appointment online.

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”

— Charles de Gaulle