For the Love of Labs
A new exhibition at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg, Virginia, pays tribute to the beloved Labrador retriever. The English artist Reuben Ward Binks (1880-1950) painted sporting dogs, primarily Labs, throughout England and America in the 1920s and 1930s, when the breed was rising in popularity around the world. More than forty of Binks’s original watercolors are now on display, capturing the dogs’ regal profiles and eager-to-please eyes, whether retrieving a mallard or carrying a newspaper. The exhibition runs from August 15 through September 30, 2018. Preview the exhibition here.