From Study of Dog, an early eighteenth-century drawing by James Seymour, to Dog by Ed Ruscha created in the 1990s, dogs have been a favourite subject for artists through the centuries

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  • James Seymour, 'Study of Dog' date not known

    James Seymour
    Study of Dog date not known
    Pencil and pen and ink on paper
    support: 149 x 183 mm
    Purchased as part of the Opp Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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  • attributed to James Seymour, 'Pointer Bitch' circa 1740

    attributed to James Seymour
    Pointer Bitch circa 1740
    Oil on canvas
    support: 921 x 1146 mm frame: 1075 x 1304 x 70 mm
    Bequeathed by Miss Agnes Clarke 1978

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  • John Wootton, 'Muff, a Black and White Dog' circa 1740-50

    John Wootton
    Muff, a Black and White Dog circa 1740-50
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1251 x 1016 mm frame: 1362 x 1132 x 60 mm
    Presented by Paul Mellon through the British Sporting Art Trust 1979

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  • William Hogarth, 'The Painter and his Pug' 1745

    William Hogarth
    The Painter and his Pug 1745
    Oil on canvas
    support: 900 x 699 mm
    Purchased 1824

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  • Joseph Highmore, 'A Standing Hound, Looking Up' date not known

    Joseph Highmore
    A Standing Hound, Looking Up date not known
    Drawing and watercolour on paper
    support: 129 x 166 mm
    Presented by Mrs Joan Highmore Blackhall and Dr R.B. McConnell 1986

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  • Susanna Duncombe (née Susanna Highmore), 'Sketch of a Pug Dog' date not known

    Susanna Duncombe (ne Susanna Highmore)
    Sketch of a Pug Dog date not known
    Pencil and watercolour on card
    support: 48 x 79 mm
    Presented by Mrs Joan Highmore Blackhall and Dr R.B. McConnell 1986

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  • Thomas Gainsborough, 'Tristram and Fox' circa 1775-85

    Thomas Gainsborough
    Tristram and Fox circa 1775-85
    Oil on canvas
    support: 610 x 508 mm frame: 800 x 702 x 80 mm
    Presented by the family of Richard J. Lane 1896

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  • George Stubbs, 'A Foxhound' published 1788

    George Stubbs
    A Foxhound published 1788
    Mixed method engraving on paper
    image: 92 x 115 mm
    Transferred from the British Museum 1983

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  • William Blake, 'Cerberus' 1824-7

    William Blake
    Cerberus 1824-7
    Pencil, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
    support: 372 x 528 mm
    Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the National Gallery and donations from the Art Fund, Lord Duveen and others, and presented through the the Art Fund 1919

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  • Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, 'Dignity and Impudence' 1839

    Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
    Dignity and Impudence 1839
    Oil on canvas
    support: 889 x 692 mm frame: 1155 x 952 x 108 mm
    Bequeathed by Jacob Bell 1859

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  • Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, 'Uncle Tom' date not known

    Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
    Uncle Tom date not known
    Oil on canvas
    support: 707 x 915 mm
    Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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  • Sir Cedric Morris, Bt, 'Belle of Bloomsbury' 1948

    Sir Cedric Morris, Bt
    Belle of Bloomsbury 1948
    Oil on canvas
    support: 663 x 552 mm
    Bequeathed by Miss Nancy Morris, the artist's sister 1988 The estate of Sir Cedric Morris

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  • Colin Self, 'Pluto' circa 1964-5

    Colin Self
    Pluto circa 1964-5
    Hand-coloured relief print on paper
    support: 426 x 603 mm
    Purchased 1983 Colin Self. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2002

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  • Colin Self, 'Guard Dog on a Missile Base, No. 1' 1965

    Colin Self
    Guard Dog on a Missile Base, No. 1 1965
    Pencil, ink, watercolour and crayon on card
    unconfirmed: 556 x 762 mm
    Purchased 1974 Colin Self. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2002

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  • Barry Flanagan, 'Black Dog' 1972

    Barry Flanagan
    Black Dog 1972
    Intaglio print on paper
    image: 162 x 197 mm
    Presented by Sue Flanagan, the artist's former wife 1985 The estate of Barry Flanagan, courtesy Plubronze Ltd

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  • Keith Arnatt, 'Walking the Dog' 1976-9

    Keith Arnatt
    Walking the Dog 1976-9
    Gelatin silver print on paper
    unconfirmed: 390 x 305 mm
    Presented by Tate Patrons 2010 The estate of Keith Arnatt

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  • Edward Ruscha, Dog, 1995

    Edward Ruscha, Dog, 1995

    © Edward Ruscha

This selection of works was first published in the Autumn 2013 issue of Tate Etc. magazine.

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