Museum of the Dog



The Sally Johnson Spillane Special Exhibit Gallery:
Now open!
The Canine Art of Maud Earl
This new exhibit features the Museum's collection of art by the extraordinary canine artist, Maud Earl (1864-1943).  Maud Alice Earl became a professional animalier in the 19th century creating numerous paintings and prints of pure bred dogs.  Miss Earl never used photographs to produce her paintings.  She preferred to paint what she saw rather than what lens captured.  With the help of an attendant, she would pose the canine subject for a sketching before producing the painting.  Miss Earl once said about settling the dog for a sketch: "...You must know how to quiet them when they become excited and nervous. You must know all their little likes and dislikes...".  Maud Earl worked as a professional artist for over 50 years.

Maud Earl
Senior Wranglers
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Jean Graves Brainard estate

Dogs in Porcelain Sculpture

Royal Doulton
Designer Peggy Davies
Gift of the Glen Twiford estate

This exhibit in the recently renovated Westminster Gallery of the Jarville House features the Museum’s collection of lovely porcelains focusing on the recently gifted pieces from the Glen Twiford estate.  A discerning collector of dogs in porcelain sculpture, Mr. Twiford’s collection numbers approximately 125 pieces.  Also displayed throughout the Museum will be collection pieces gifted from past donors such as Jean Ann Cone, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Billings, Gilbert S. Kahn, Mr. and Mrs. Herman L. Fellton, Marie A. Moore, Nancy-Carroll Draper, and Paul Tolliver.  Exhibit objects will range in size from small to nearly life-size and include depictions of many breeds of dogs.  Various pieces from the historic porcelain makers such as Royal Doulton, Meissen, Royal Copenhagen, Rosenthal, Nymphenburg, and Hutschenreuther will comprise the exhibit.  Pieces range from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The new Landseer wall: 
A focus upon several works in the Museum's collection by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer.

after Edwin Henry Landseer
A Jack in Office (detail)
c. 1833
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Schaefer

Currently showing in the Main Hall Gallery:
Herding Dogs In Art - selections from the permanent collection.

Art Smith
Corgis Herding (detail)
Gift of Art Smith

Past Exhibits:
Dog Show Scenes
by Terry d. Chacon
was presented from April 22nd through
June 22, 2014.

Terry d. Chacon
The Girls
Oil on canvas

New Gifts to the Museum Collection!

Dave Mills
Two Borzoi Playing
Color photography
Gift of Dave Mills

Gustave Muss-Arnolt
Retriever in a Landscape
Oil on canvas
Gift of Joan Burlingame Dever

Rosalind Trigg
Whitehall at Westminster
Oil on board
Gift of Christine Heintz



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