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Art: Newmarket show celebrates four-legged friends

With studies already showing how the nation’s hounds helped their humans cope in lockdown - a new OnePoll survey says having a dog in the house both reduced stress and boosted morale when the pandemic was at its height - Newmarket’s National Horseracing Museum is celebrating man’s best friend.

Running from now until November 1, The Good Companions showcases our relationship with dogs through paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, books and artefacts, and every exhibit has a story to tell.

Take Black Knight Finishes his Diary, 1944, by Sir Alfred Munnings. The Pekingese went everywhere with Violet, Munnings’ wife, including to society receptions and even to Chequers, the PM’s weekend house, and was thus regularly papped. As a result, he became quite the celebrity - even penning his own memoir, The Diary of a Freeman, which can be seen in the exhibition alongside the painting.

See palacehousenewmarket.co.uk for details.

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