Faithful and Fearless

GBP £25.00



ISBN: 978-1-913875-01-5

160 Pages

279 x 240 mm (9 ½ x 11 in)

91 colour illustrations

In association with the Wallace Collection, London

October 2021


An enchanting book about the special connection between people and their beloved pet.

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Throughout history, dogs and humans have had a special relationship based on trust, loyalty and friendship – a relationship frequently immortalised in art. Faithful and Fearless: Portraits of Dogs features 50 works of art depicting the bond between people and their beloved pet—from members of the British Royal Family, to artists themselves. Organised in a series of thematically grouped sections – the dog as hero, as a companion to royals, aristocrats and artists, or as an allegory of the human condition – the book explores the canine portrait in its many guises and features dogs belonging to many celebrated figures, including Queen Victoria’s Tilco, Lucian Freud’s Pluto and David Hockney’s portraits of his dachshunds, Stanley and Boodgie.

The pieces are all drawn from major British collections including the Royal Collection, the V&A, Tate Britain, the British Museum, and a wealth of regional museums and private collections. In A Vet’s Point of View renowned vet Bruce Fogle examines the many reasons for the extraordinary bond between dogs and their owners. At a time of rising dog ownership, this enchanting volume is a welcome reminder of our devotion to our four-legged friends.

Author biographies

Xavier Bray is the director of The Wallace Collection, London, UK.

Bruce Fogle MBE, DVM, MRCVS is a clinical veterinarian and a prolific author.

Table of Contents

  1. Director’s Foreword
  2. Faithful and Fearless: Portraits of Dogs by Xavier Bray
  3. Catalogue: Introduction
  4. The Aristocratic Dog
  5. The Royal Dog
  6. Kylin And Ah Cum: Two Pekinese
  7. The Artist’s Dog
  8. The Allegorical Dog
  9. The Heroic Dog;
  10. The Dog Immortal
  11. Until Death
  12. A Vet’s Point of View by Bruce Fogle
  13. Notes
  14. Index
  15. Photo credits