‘Pet Portraits: Cats, dogs, hamsters and birds’
This exhibition highlights society photographer Edward Chambré Hardman’s portraits of much-loved family pets in 1950s Liverpool. Perhaps none of the pets were photographed quite so lovingly as Edward and Margaret Hardman’s own dog, Bick, who was such an integral part of studio life that he entertained clients, helped nervous children relax, and even had a bed in the dark room.
The exhibition runs in National Trust opening season until end of October 2020.
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This is a portrait of F. Bates. He is sitting in a chair with a paper on the left arm of the chair. There is a black labrador in the image and F Bates is looking down at it.
Photograph of Mrs P Kerr’s black yorkshire terrier dog.
Photograph of Mrs Rowse’s daughter sitting on a low wall next to a saucer of milk which a black cat is drinking. Hardman took a great number of photographs of pets and other animals, often with their owners.
Images courtesy of National Trust.