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Dog: 5000 years of the Dog in Art Paperback – September 7, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858945321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858945323
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comprehensive, historically accurate, often amusing - COUNTRYSIDE Superb... richly illustrated and impeccably designed narrative - FINANCIAL TIMES Superb - richly illustrated and impeccably designed narrative - THE FINANCIAL TIMES Intelligently chosen and entertaining pack of canines - THE SUNDAY TIMES Lavishly illustrated hardback - TIME OUT --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Tamsin Pickeral is an author and art historian specializing in books on art, horsemanship, animal husbandry and travel. Her books for Merrell include The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art (hardback 2006; new paperback compact edition 2009) and The Dog: 5000 Years of the Dog in Art (hardback 2008; new paperback compact edition 2010), included in The Financial Times Top Fifty Art Books of the Year, and The Sunday Times Art Books of the Year.

More About the Author

Tamsin Pickeral was born in England a frightening amount of years ago. She is the daughter of a veterinary surgeon and an artist/art teacher. Art and animals have remained a defining influence on the author, who specialises in books on both subjects. Alongside her own books she has also been a major contributor to a number of multi-author art reference publications and exhibition catalogues. Her books are published internationally, and have been widely reviewed in leading newspapers and magazines.

Her academic training revolved around the arts, first with a period of time spent studying in Italy, before finishing her degree in history of art and architecture at Reading University.

Having learnt to ride (or at least stay on) at a young age on a belligerent ex-racing donkey, the author later moved on to competitive riding, eventing and showjumping with some success, and horses continue to play an important role in her life.

She wrote her first book (The Encyclopedia of Horses and Ponies, 1999) in the United States where she lived for eight years, much of it spent on a remote cattle ranch. During this period she continued her work with horses as well as being a veterinary nurse, while building her writing career. Following her move back to the UK, the author was able to devote herself full time to her profession.

Tamsin currently has a number of projects underway and is working extensively with several contemporary artists including leading figurative painter Chris Gollon, the subject of her latest book, Chris Gollon: Humanity in Art, published May 2010.

She has just been signed to write a major new study of the horse, reviewing 90 different breeds and examining their role in different cultures across the world. The book, which will be illustrated with photographs by award winning photographer Gary Coulson, has already been bought by publishing houses in Australia, North America and across Europe. Due for publication 2011.

For more information please visit www.tamsinpickeral.com

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For anyone who loves art and loves dogs this book is a must have!
Elli Skiles
The art work in the book is amazing to look at and the text is masterfull.
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The text is interesting and it will make a wonderful coffee table book!
bookworm

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 16, 2008
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Over the year I have become a huge fan of Tamsin Pickeral owning every book she has written. But I have to say "The Dog" has become my favorite. It is an incredible book. For anyone who loves dogs this book is a must have. The art work in the book is amazing to look at and the text is masterfull. I can't say enough about how much I love this book. I also have "The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art" and with the two of them together is a work of art in itself. Last year I gave everyone "The Horse" for Christmas and this year they will all be getting "The Dog". They are the perfect compliment to each other.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elli Skiles on November 25, 2008
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My cousin introduced me to Tamsin Pickeral's work, I have now become a huge fan! The dog is favorite!!! This book contains wonderful art work and the text is equally as impressive! I have it sitting on my coffee table, where it looks like a piece of art, and have received several comments from impressed guests! I am awaiting some of her other works to arrive and can't wait to read them. For anyone who loves art and loves dogs this book is a must have!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Miller on September 19, 2009
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It is an exceptionally beautiful dog book. It has some of the most beautiful paintings that date the dog back to the beginning of time. therefore it is a very interesting historical reading. It is one of the prettiest books of this kind that I have ever seen, for dog lovers a must have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Davis on December 24, 2010
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This may be considered a coffee table book, but I found the stories that accompany the many lush examples of dogs in art to be quite informative. I'm quite certain that anyone who appreciates the two subject matters separately will really enjoy this combining compilation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Coane on April 27, 2010
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By far the most readable and authoritative book on the subject -- informed and informative, splendidly written, beautifully designed, impeccably researched and immaculately presented and illustrated with marvelous reproductions. Ms Pickeral has combined the two greatest passions of my life, Dogs and Art, in a credible, straightforward, scholarly manner devoid of the pomposity and banality common to "coffee table" books.

THE DOG: 5000 Years of the Dog in Art is THE BOOK every Dog/Art lover MUST have. For design, insight, historical literacy, one "coffee table" book TO BE READ -- cover to cover. A most thorough and exhaustive study. All substance. NO FLUFF!

S. K. Sawyer "OperaGeek":
You can't tell a book by its cover. You could have made the effort and opened it before mouthing off. Minnesotans know little of art beyond paintings of ducks and ice fishing houses. I know, I lived there, a most forgetable experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Renee C. Ozer on December 5, 2011
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Gorgeous book collecting truly spectacular works of art (no dogs playing poker here). It was worth the price just for the picture of an exquisite marble statue from Second Century Rome capturing a tender moment between two dogs (and the sculptor's deep affection for these dogs that resonates over the millennia with us). The statue is at the British Museum, and sadly, I could find no reproductions of it anywhere, so I'll have to just rely on the book. The whole book vividly illustrates the ancient bond between humans and dogs, as captured in breathtaking art.
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Format: Hardcover
Fascinating, well-researched, well-written book that educated the reader about dogs throughout history and in art. Beautiful, full-color photos throughout the book.
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By bookworm on January 5, 2014
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A beautiful book that any dog or art lover will enjoy! The text is interesting and it will make a wonderful coffee table book!
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