From faithful friends to treasured companions
This exhibition, conceived by the Duchess of Devonshire, explores the Cavendish family’s enduring love for dogs, through paintings, drawings, sculpture, letters, photographs and contemporary art. We’ve sniffed out all of our favourite stories, capturing the idiosyncratic, faithful, endearing and playful character of man’s best friend.
Ranging from historic to present day pieces, specially selected loans from public and private collections will be presented alongside items from the Devonshire Collection, featuring everything from working dogs to woven dogs, dogs on canvas to dogs on camera and from puppets to popular culture.
Star works from Constable, Stubbs, Gainsborough and Landseer sit beside contemporary pieces by Lucian Freud, Jeff Koons, Antony Gormley, Elisabeth Frink and on the South Lawn a specially commissioned eight metre high scaffold dog created by Ben Long complete the dogs in art line-up.
We invite you to celebrate ‘all things dog’ with us and join in #Chatswoof.
Please be aware that dogs are not allowed in the house, with the exception of service dogs. Learn more about visiting with your dog.
Banner image: 'Bashaw, The faithful Friend of Man Trampling under Foot his most Insidious Enemy' by Matthew Cotes Wyatt, England, UK, 1831-34. On loan from the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Image gallery from second image: Scaffolding Dog, Ben Long, 2019; Andrew Cavendish, later 11th Duke of Devonshire, and Deborah with their children Emma and Peregrine and dogs Johnny and Bengy, July 1945; Bronze dogs from the Devonshire Collection; Portrait of the Duchess's dogs Max and Suzie, Jemma Phipps, 2017.
We are proud to be working with the charities Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Medical Detection Dogs during 2019 to help raise awareness of their valuable work training assistance dogs, bio-detection dogs and medical alert assistance dogs.
We would like to thank our generous exhibition sponsors whose support has made The Dog: A Celebration at Chatsworth.
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