SUPPORTING BREED EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
The Epagneul Breton Foundation, Inc., appreciates all volunteer efforts, no matter how big or small. On occasion we recognize volunteers who share special talents, resources or time and energy to help the organization and the Epagneul Breton breed.
To Foundation Volunteer —
William Secord of The William Secord Art Gallery, New York, NY
When The Epagneul Breton Foundation, Inc., was in its planning stages, one of its promoters contacted Mr. William Secord of The William Secord Gallery in New York City for assistance. The founders hoped to incorporate a historic piece of art into the foundation's official emblem. They were particularly interested in a renowned terra cotta head study of an Epagneul Breton completed by the French Artist and sculptor Richard Fath (1900-1952). This famous piece was exhibited and sold to a private collection by The William Secord Gallery a few years ago.
Mr. Secord promptly and kindly responded and is credited for gaining permission for the foundation to use the Fath Head Study in its emblem. The present owners of the piece agreed to the request but desired to remain anonymous. Mr. Secord further assisted the foundation in securing excellent photographs of the Fath head study in addition to similar photos of a famous Fath bronze sculpture, also depicted on the foundation’s web site. He also located and shared research and a book about Fath's other work which focused on depiction of various breeds of dogs.
As a worldwide authority on the depiction of dogs in paintings and other artistic mediums, Mr. Secord has authored many books, including the recently released The American Dog at Home, The Dog Paintings of Christine Merrill; and, Dog Painting, The European Breeds.
Mr. Secord is passionate in his love of all artistic mediums of dog art and enthusiastically supports the work of The Epagneul Breton Foundation, Inc., in its mission related to art education. He has generously offered to act as an honorary advisor to the foundation board and share his expertise in matters of the artistic representation of the Epagneul Breton. We are grateful for his generosity and valuable assistance to the foundation and wish to recognize him as our first honorary volunteer!