William Secord Gallery

The Back Room at the William Secord Gallery, where paintings and prints
are hung floor to ceiling, in the Victorian style.


The William Secord Gallery specializes in exhibitions and sale of the fine nineteenth and twentieth century dog and animal paintings. The only gallery of its kind in North America, it was established by William Secord in 1990. Since then, it has become a popular destination for those interested in original dog paintings, works on paper, sculptures and books of dogs.

William Secord is the world authority on the nineteenth century dog painting. He is the first author to explore the representation of the dog from its origins to the remarkable paintings of the eighteenth /nineteenth century and up to modern times.

Secord was the founding director of The Dog Museum of America and is the author of several books: "Dog Painting, 1840-1940, a Social History of the Dog in Art", "Dog Painting, The European Breeds", and "A Breed Apart, The Art Collections of The American Kennel Club and The American Kennel Club Museum of The Dog." More recently, he co-authored “Best in Show, The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to the Present”, a catalogue published by Yale University Press. All books available at the gallery and on our web site book store.

The gallery, located on Manhattan's Upper East Side (52 East 76 Street), features an extensive collection of nineteenth century dog and animal paintings, bronzes and works on paper, including works by such artists as Richard Ansdell, R. Ward Binks, Thomas Blinks, Rosa Bonheur, Lilian Cheviot, Alfred de Dreux, Bernard de Gempt, Alfred Duke, George Earl, Maud Earl, Thomas Earl, John Emms, John E. Ferneley, Edwin Holt, George Henry Horlow, Mabel Hollams, Edwin Landseer, Michael Lyne, Edwin Megargee, Sir Alfred Munnings, Gustav Muss-Arnolt, Edmund Osthaus, Jean Baptiste Oudry, Frank Paton, Eugene Petit, Charles Olivier de Penne, Alexander Pope, Percival Rosseau, Henrietta Ronner-Knip, Gourlay Steell, Edmond van der Meulen, and Arthur Wardle, among others; works on paper by Cecil Aldin, Bert Cobb, Gladys Emerson Cook, Lucy Dawson, Morgan Dennis, Herbert Dicksee and Marguerite Kirmse, bronzes by Richard Fath, P.J. Mene and Liza Todd-Tivey.

We have the largest inventory of 19th and 20th century works of art depicting over 100 different breeds representing all seven groups recognized by The American Kennel Club and in England by The Kennel Club:

Herding: Collie, Corgi, Belgian Tervuren, Bouvier de Flandre, Briard, German Shepherd, Puli, Old English Sheepdog;

Hounds: Afghan, Basset, Beagle, Bloodhound, Borzoi, Dachshund, Foxhounds, Greyhound, Harrier, Hounds, Irish Wolfhound, Otterhound, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound, Whippet;

Non-Sporting: American Bulldog, Bichon Frise, Boston Terrier, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Poodle, Schipperke, Sharpie, Spitz, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier;

Terriers: Airedale, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Border Terrier, Bull Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Irish Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Norfolk Terrier, Norwich Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Skye Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier, Welsh Terrier, West Highland Terrier;

Toy: Brussel Griffon, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, English Toy Spaniel, Italian Greyhound, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Miniature Pincher, Papillon, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Toy Poodle, Pugs, Shih Tzu, Silky Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier;

Sporting: Brittany Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Flat Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, German Short-Haired Pointer, Pointer, English Setter, Gordon Setter, Irish Setter, American Water Spaniel, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, Vizla, Weimaraner;

Working: Akita, Bernice Mountain Dog, Boxer, Bull Mastiff, Doberman Pincher, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Mastiff, Newfoundland, Portugese Water Dog, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Samoyed, Siberian Husky, Schnauzer.

While initially known for its antique dog paintings, the gallery has branched out to the contemporary market. “Up until recently,” William Secord states, “it was almost impossible to find an artist who was capable of capturing on canvas the true nature of our pets.” This is no longer the case, for the gallery now represents the work of three living artists who are modern masters of the genre: Christine Merrill, Pamela Dennis Hall and Sheela Marie Padgett. Examples of these artists' work are always available at the gallery and commissions may be arranged.

Whether it is an antique dog painting, an antique walking stick, 19th century French bronze, or a portrait of your favorite pet, there is always something of interest at our gallery. For a dog lover it’s a must!

Our web site is constantly being updated with new items. Please visit our site where you can search for your favorite breed, your favorite artist, see new acquisitions or view our entire inventory.


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The William Secord Gallery, Inc.
29 West 15th Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10011

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Tel. 212-249-0075

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