The American Dog at Home
Merrill’s paintings, executed in the centuries old style of the great English masters of animal painting, are timeless testaments to our love for the dog, and Americans all over the country have chosen her to create portraits in oil of their beloved pets. Merrill counts movie stars, authors, socialites and captains of industry among her clients, each with one thing in common: their love for their pets. This book provides a glimpse into these worlds, but more importantly something which each of the 40 million dog owners in America can identify with — their pet’s unconditional love. Some thirty-five different dog breeds are represented, from fifteen different states.
The first part of the book includes 33 essays on Merrill’s clients, illustrated with her paintings, but also photographs of the collectors with their dogs, their collections and their homes, personally photographed by the author, William Secord. Each essay has six color photographs. It is exceptional in its access to the largely private lives of these collectors, providing a unique insight into Americans’ relationship with their dogs. The second part of the book traces Merrill’s career, with over 50 color illustrations of her paintings.