Fox Terrier Art & Artists

Our Favorite Painting!

I never thought I would own an Arthur Wardle painting but I was extremely lucky! While in NYC for the 2005 Westminster show, we attended the Bonham's Barkfest Brunch which featured a preview of many beautiful art works to be auctioned off later in the week. Because the auction took place during Westminster, I participated by telephone and was the winner of the piece pictured above. It is an unsigned "study" of dogs that were later the focus of one of Wardle's original paintings. It is oil on paper and is framed and hangs in a special place  in our house. We love it!


"Dog's Delight " by Lucy Dawson

Both the Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers have been favorite subjects for "dog" artists through the years. Originals by artists like Wardle, Thorne, Emms and Aldin hang in galleries world wide and sell for thousands of dollars privately and at auction. Some can be found in the American Kennel Club's collection in New York City. While these beautiful originals are out of the price range most of us can afford, nice prints can be found and enjoyed.

Mary Beacon is a modern favorite and while I haven't found a source for her originals, there are a couple websites that offer her prints and other gifts with the images on them. This are the two I found. and

"Throw Us A Crumb" by Mary Beacon.

Encore Editions has lovely prints, engravings and paintings of Wires. Their prints of fine art pieces are beautiful and very reasonable. I loved looking through their site. Arthur Wardle and Maud Earl are among the artists represented here. and

Arthur Wardle - The Intruder - Wire Haired Fox Terriers & Irish Terrier and
John Emms 1883 - Wire Haired Fox Terrier #7

The William Secord Gallery

The Secord is a small, but elegant little gallery in New York City. It specializes in fine nineteenth century dog and animal paintings and always has a wonderful collection which includes Fox Terrier pieces. They do bring in special exhibitions and one is always coordinated with the Westminster Dog Show in February. 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 dog art and collectibles.

I have found that their search page often doesn't work when looking for a specific breed, but if you email  Galina Zhitomirsky, the Gallery Director ( ), she will be very helpful.

"Nipped In The Bud" by Maud Earl

This site offers some nice signed, limited edition prints:  Choose "Terriers" and scroll down to see what is available. The prices are in pounds since the company is in London.  The picture above is one of my favorites. Copyright 1906. Published by the Berlin Photographic Company Berlin - London W. 133 New Bond Street. Colour photogravure, ltd edition of 100, signed by the Artist. 220 x 350mm.

The following article is from the United Kingdom's Kennel Club which periodically offers art exhibitions:

The Fox Terrier In Art

The Fox Terrier in Art is the sixth exhibition to be held in the Kennel Club Art Gallery. The work of artists displayed includes Arthur Wardle, John Emms and Cecil Aldin. The exhibition contains over 40 exhibits, which allow us an invaluable insight into the world of Fox Terriers, their history, development and future. Items include a striking mahogany screen, containing nine oil paintings by William Lucas Lucas, two splendid gold trophies on special loan from The Fox Terrier Club, and a show lead once owned by Francis Redmond and used to show one of his most famous dogs Ch Donna Fortuna.

The star exhibit however must be an oil painting by Arthur Wardle of the Totteridge XI, signed and dated 1897. The dogs are left-right in the straw: Dryad, Ch Daddy, Dame Dalby, Dalby (sitting) and Divorceee. Standing in the foreground left-right are: Ch. Dominie, Ch Donna Fortuna, Ch Dame Fortune, Ch D’Orsay, Ch Donnington and Diamond Count.

This painting is a classic example of dog portraiture and was executed under the watchful eye of the dogs’ owner, Francis Redmond. Many years after the completion of the painting, Wardle remarked, "Mr Redmond stood over me and made me “perfect” all his dogs - shorten their backs, lengthen their necks and muzzles, make their ears and feet smaller than they really were - and so on. None of them were half as good as in their picture."

Arthur Wardle (1864 - 1949) is one of the best-known British animal painters. His work not only covers dogs but also wild animals such as tigers and panthers. His name was very strongly associated with Terriers and a substantial amount of his Fox Terrier work features within the Fox Terrier exhibition.

Wardle was born in London in 1864 and started painting at a very early age. He had little, if any, formal training and he was only 16 when his first painting
was accepted for exhibition at the Royal Academy.

He was equally proficient in oils, watercolours and pastels and painted most breeds throughout his long career. His first one-man show was at the Fine Art Society in 1931 and in total he exhibited 113 works at the Royal Academy. Wardle’s output was extensive and a great body of his work was reproduced in many books as well as on postcards and cigarette cards.

Wardle at his best shows an instinctive understanding of his subject. His dogs are anatomically correct and gleam with condition, and his brushwork shows muscular tone and depth of coat.

The gallery is open to the public by appointment. To arrange your visit please contact the gallery by telephoning 020 7518 1009, alternatively e-mail The Kennel Club Art Gallery is at 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB, and the nearest tube is Green Park.

More Info can be found at: