Raining Cats and Dogs

Raining Cats and Dogs

Exhibition Details

The forecast for summer at the Gallery is that it will be raining cats and dogs - literally! In the D gallery art works rain down the wall in streams to a height where even small children can view them with ease.

Selected from our collection are a large range of paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture, which depict cats and dogs in their various guises. The cats are often smug, and self-contained. A marmalade cat sits contently, its purring almost audible; another bows down stretching as if it has just risen from a nap; while a semi-wild cat, its haunches raised, hisses from the picture. On the whole the dogs seem much more genial and sociable. One looks pleadingly at the lens, suggesting that behind the camera the photographer holds dinner; others meet one another in the park and, like their owners, pass the time of day; but a couple snarl viscously at a passing girl; while another is caught regally standing on an upturned armchair surveying his realm.

Raining Cats and Dogs has been designed with families in mind. The Gallery's resident cat and dog - Picatso and Dogo Rivera - will introduce families to the exhibition on a fun-sheet, and there will be plenty of interactive activities for children of all ages. Look out also for demonstrations by some of your favourite book illustrators who will bring their characters to life in the Gallery.

During the dog days this summer come along and enjoy the deluge! Decide on your favourites, discover whether you are a cat person or a dog person, and what that is.

Date
Curated by
Mary Kisler
Location
Main Gallery, Ground Level
Cost
Free entry

Related Artworks

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Cats in Trees
Cats in Trees

Eileen Mayo

Production date
1931
Medium
linocut
Size (h x w)
303 x 205 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/178
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Not on display

Blue Dog
Blue Dog

Richard Maloy

Production date
2001
Medium
synthetic toy coated with acrylic paint
Size (h x w)
280 x 350 x 180 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
Accession no
2001/23/2
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Not on display

Blue Dog Head I
Blue Dog Head I

Richard Maloy

Production date
2001
Medium
colour photograph
Size (h x w)
810 x 1020 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2001
Accession no
2001/23/1/1
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Not on display

A Life Tree
A Life Tree

Nigel Brown

Production date
1983
Medium
acrylic on paper
Size (h x w)
1195 x 780 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1983
Accession no
1983/42
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Not on display

Siamese cats
Siamese cats

Anne Clarke

Production date
Unknown
Medium
linocut
Size (h x w)
205 x 264 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/205
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Not on display

Trinket Seller
Trinket Seller

Robert Colquhoun

Production date
1948
Medium
colour lithograph
Size (h x w)
279 x 368 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1952
Accession no
1953/2/32
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Not on display

Woman with Cat
Woman with Cat

Robert Colquhoun

Production date
circa 1948
Medium
colour lithograph
Size (h x w)
267 x 425 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/33
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Not on display

Untitled (Baby Jeep)
Untitled (Baby Jeep)

Lydia Elliott

Production date
2001
Medium
mixed media
Size (h x w)
230 x 210 x 25 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2002
Accession no
C2002/1/13
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Not on display

Illustration for 'The old man and the cat'
Illustration for 'The old man and the cat'

Tony Fomison

Production date
1974
Medium
pencil
Size (h x w)
360 x 265 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2000
Accession no
2000/9
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Not on display

Love each other
Love each other

Pat Hanly

Production date
1975
Medium
screenprint
Size (h x w)
520 x 550 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1990
Accession no
1991/19/45
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Not on display

Five Lions and a Lioness
Five Lions and a Lioness

Wenceslaus Hollar Peter Paul Rubens

Production date
1646
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
140 x 208 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/3/315
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Not on display

Alsatian
Alsatian

J Nicholson

Production date
20th century
Medium
drypoint
Size (h x w)
252 x 202 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/212
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Not on display

Boy and Dog
Boy and Dog

Hans Thoma

Production date
1917
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
326 x 260 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
U/201
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Not on display

First Aid
First Aid

Frank Dadd

Production date
1905
Medium
watercolour and gouache
Size (h x w)
374 x 300 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Hon Arthur M Myers
Accession no
U/28
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Not on display

Magnetism
Magnetism

Michael Harrison

Production date
2002
Medium
acrylic on paper
Size (h x w)
295 x 210 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2002
Accession no
C2002/1/22/3
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Not on display

Highland Shepherd
Highland Shepherd

Richard Ansdell

Production date
1864
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
835 x 1951 x 66 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Mr William Elliot, 1941
Accession no
1941/3/3
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Not on display

Kou Hsiung
Kou Hsiung

Dorothy Lathrop

Production date
1944
Medium
wood engraving
Size (h x w)
154 x 180 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1944
Accession no
1944/6/2
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Not at home
Not at home

Frank Paton

Production date
1887
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
203 x 255 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of G F Nicholson, 1950
Accession no
1950/10/1
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Not on display

Romantic Painting
Romantic Painting

Olive Lilly

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
527 x 657 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Lucy Carrington Wertheim, 1950
Accession no
1950/2/26
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Still Life with Cat
Still Life with Cat

Kathleen Walne

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
349 x 457 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Lucy Carrington Wertheim, 1950
Accession no
1950/2/44
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Not on display

Cats
Cats

William Jones

Production date
1952
Medium
ink, wash and crayon
Size (h x w)
216 x 292 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1953
Accession no
1953/12/1
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Not on display

Dingo
Dingo

Rachel Reckitt

Production date
1928-1953
Medium
linocut
Size (h x w)
290 x 222 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/171
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Not on display

A Fireside
A Fireside

Eric Fitch Daglish

Production date
circa 1920s-1940s
Medium
wood engraving
Size (h x w)
163 x 137 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/227
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Cat
Cat

Duncan Grant

Production date
Unknown
Medium
colour lithograph
Size (h x w)
260 x 343 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/23
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Collie Dog
Collie Dog

Duncan Grant

Production date
Unknown
Medium
colour lithograph
Size (h x w)
251 x 352 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/24
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The Challenge
The Challenge

Agnes Parker

Production date
1934
Medium
wood engraving
Size (h x w)
140 x 162 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/292
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Cat in a window
Cat in a window

Mary Paterson

Production date
Unknown
Medium
colour lithograph
Size (h x w)
385 x 400 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/78
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Cat catching mouse
Cat catching mouse

Mary Kaye

Production date
Unknown
Medium
colour lithograph
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
Accession no
1953/2/85
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Hyde Park
Hyde Park

Mary Paterson

Production date
Unknown
Medium
colour woodcut
Size (h x w)
239 x 319 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Rex Nan Kivell
Accession no
1953/2/97
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Narcissus
Narcissus

Arthur Boyd

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
508 x 609 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1968
Accession no
1968/25
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Androcles and the Lion
Androcles and the Lion

Briton Riviere

Production date
1908
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1320 x 1100 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1915
Accession no
1915/3
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Leonard, (and Rover) Suva
Leonard, (and Rover) Suva

Max Oettli

Production date
1974
Medium
black and white photograph
Size (h x w)
160 x 238 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1975
Accession no
1975/58/4
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Not on display

Four Heads of Wild Cats: 1. Tiger
Four Heads of Wild Cats: 1. Tiger

Bryan Organ

Production date
1974
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
200 x 189 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Institute of Contemporary Prints, 1976
Accession no
1976/57/54/1
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Not on display

Four Heads of Wild Cats: 2. Lion
Four Heads of Wild Cats: 2. Lion

Bryan Organ

Production date
1974
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
195 x 195 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Institute of Contemporary Prints, 1976
Accession no
1976/57/54/2
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Not on display

Four Heads of Wild Cats: 3. Lioness
Four Heads of Wild Cats: 3. Lioness

Bryan Organ

Production date
1974
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
185 x 192 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Institute of Contemporary Prints, 1976
Accession no
1976/57/54/3
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Not on display

Four Heads of Wild Cats: 4. Cheetah
Four Heads of Wild Cats: 4. Cheetah

Bryan Organ

Production date
1974
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
180 x 187 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Institute of Contemporary Prints, 1976
Accession no
1976/57/54/4
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Companions
Companions

Henry Tuke

Production date
1924
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
407 x 660 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr C Macindoe, 1924
Accession no
1924/6
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Dog
Dog

Peter Peryer

Production date
1976
Medium
black and white photograph
Size (h x w)
178 x 178 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1978
Accession no
1978/24/2
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The Morning Walk, Squire Hallett and his Wife
The Morning Walk, Squire Hallett and his Wife

Armand-Emile Mathey-Doret Thomas Gainsborough

Production date
19th century?
Medium
colour mezzotint
Size (h x w)
593 x 476 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1926
Accession no
1926/6/11
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Man and two dogs (no.1)
Man and two dogs (no.1)

Frederik Bloemaert Abraham Bloemaert

Production date
17th century
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
114 x 164 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/24/4
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Uylenspiegel (The "Owl-glass" or The Beggars)
Uylenspiegel (The "Owl-glass" or The Beggars)

Lucas van Leyden

Production date
1520
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
175 x 142 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/87
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Bone idol
Bone idol

Richard McWhannell

Production date
1985
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
865 x 760 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1985
Accession no
1985/50
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Not on display

Prinnie Dear (Study of a Dog)
Prinnie Dear (Study of a Dog)

Percy Thomas

Production date
1871
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
117 x 79 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mrs Ada Chapman Taylor, 1930
Accession no
1930/4/38
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Alice and Her Dog
Alice and Her Dog

Christopher Killip

Production date
1987
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
405 x 491 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1987
Accession no
1987/29/20
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Not on display

Billy
Billy

Peter Peryer

Production date
1986
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
152 x 101 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased, 1988
Accession no
1988/30/1
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Not on display

[Huntsman with Hunters and Dogs in Stable]
[Huntsman with Hunters and Dogs in Stable]

Thomas Burford James Seymour

Production date
1752
Medium
mezzotint
Size (h x w)
253 x 352 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1933
Accession no
1933/1/10
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Not on display

Armed chair
Armed chair

William Wegman

Production date
1991
Medium
colour lithograph
Size (h x w)
1270 x 939 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1992
Accession no
1992/9
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Not on display

Getting past the dogs
Getting past the dogs

Robin White

Production date
1992
Medium
woodblock
Size (h x w)
422 x 210 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1993
Accession no
1993/10/1
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Not on display

Picasso in his studio, rue des Grands-Augustins, January 1945
Picasso in his studio, rue des Grands-Augustins, January 1945

Dick Ham

Production date
Nov 2000
Medium
black and white photograph
Size (h x w)
450 x 450 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2000
Accession no
2000/29
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The Pick of the Pack
The Pick of the Pack

Thomas Blinks

Production date
1883
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
472 x 578 x 45 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/1/33
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The Cocktail
The Cocktail

Edmund Blampied

Production date
1906-1966
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
300 x 402 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1936
Accession no
1936/9/1
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Not on display

Tiger
Tiger

Gilbert Meadows

Production date
20th century
Medium
wood engraving
Size (h x w)
225 x 241 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the relatives of Mr T V Gulliver, 1939
Accession no
1939/4/92