AKC Art on Display at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

During the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) dog show, the American Kennel Club will present “The Art of Winning Westminster,” a unique art exhibit portraying past Westminster Best in Show winners. The display will include eleven works of art from the AKC collection, including seven paintings and two bronzes of previous “top dogs,” a 1906 trophy and an 1879 certificate awarded at the WKC’s third show.

The exhibit will be available for viewing Booth # 3 at Pier 94 (55th Street and the West Side Highway), where the day judging for the WKC will be held Monday and Tuesday, February 10-11, 2014.

The pieces to be exhibited include:

1910 BIS Winner
Ch Sabine Rarebit, Smooth Fox Terrier
Owner: Sabine Kennels
7¾” bronze by William Mackarnes (British), 1917

1924 BIS Winner
Ch. Barberry Hill Bootlegger, Sealyham Terrier
Owner: Bayard Warren
Gilman Low, (American) 20″x16″ oil on canvas, 1924

1927 BIS Winner
Ch. Pinegrade Perfection, Sealyham Terrier
Owner: Frederick C. Brown
Lillian Cheviot (British), 24″x30″ oil on canvas

1932 BIS Winner
Ch. Nancolleth Markable, Pointer
Owner: Giralda Farms
Reuben Ward Binks, (British), 14¾”x19¼” gouache on paper, 1934

1935 BIS Winner
Ch. Nunsoe Duc de la Terrace of Blakeen, Standard Poodle
Owner: Blakeen Kennels
Maud Earl (American), 36″ x 60″, oil on canvas, 1935

1946 BIS Winner
Ch. Heatherington Model Rhythm, Wire Fox Terrier
Owner: Mr. and Mrs. T H Caruthers
Clarence Calhoun Fawcet (American) 11″ x 12″ pastel

1948 BIS Winner
Ch. Rock Ridge Night Rocket, Bedlington Terrier
Owner: Mr. and Mrs. William A. Rockefeller
Marjorie Walker, (American), 27″ x 32″ pastel, 1954

1951 BIS Winner
Ch Bang Away of Sirrah Crest, Boxer
Owner: Dr. and Mrs. R C Harris
T. Tashiro, (American) 25″ x 21″ oil on canvas, 1957

1979 BIS Winner
Ch. Oak Tree’s Irishtocrat, Irish Water Spaniel
Owner: Mrs. Anne E Snelling
5/8″ high bronze by Damara Bolte (American)

1906 Westminster KC Trophy
Sterling Silver Water Pitcher by Black Starr & Frost
26 oz., 9″h. x7″d.
Offered by T L Mason for Best Cocker Spaniel
Winner: Mepal Iris, parti-color
Owner; Mepal kennels

1879 Westminster KC Certificate of Award
C’rouse II, Black and Tan Setter
Owner: J.W. Downey
Award of “Very Highly Commended”

The AKC art collection consists of more than 200 pieces, making it one of the largest purebred dog art collections in the world. It spans four centuries, with the majority of works created by 19th and 20th century European and American artists. The bulk of the collection is at the AKC headquarters, 260 Madison Avenue, New York City, 10016. Tours are available by appointment: 212-696-8234, jxc@akc.org.


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