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What does AABFC stand for?

AABFC stands for An Antique Breed of French Cat


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The William Secord Gallery, the only gallery of its kind in North America, specializes in fine nineteenth and twentieth century dogs and animal paintings, and it was established by William Secord in 1990. Since then, it has become a popular destination for those interested in dog art and collectibles. William Secord is the world authority on the nineteenth century dog painting and is the first author to explore the presentation of the dog from its origins to the remarkable paintings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and up to modern times. He was the founding director of The Dog Museum of America and is the author of three books: Dog Painting, 1840-1940, a Social History of the Dog in Art, Dog Painting, The European Breeds, and A Breed Apart, The Art Collections of The American Kennel Club and The American Kennel Club Museum of The Dog available at the gallery and on our web site book store. While initially known for its antique dog paintings, the gallery has branched out to the contemporary market. Up until recently, William Secord states, it was almost impossible to find an artist who was capable of capturing on canvas the true nature of our pets. This is no longer the case, for the gallery now represents the work of three living artists who are modern masters of the genre: Christine Merrill, Constance Payne and Charlotte Sorré. Examples of these artists' work are always available at the gallery and commissions may be arranged. Whether it is an antique dog painting, an antique walking stick, 19th century French bronze, or a portrait of your pet, there is always something of interest at our gallery.