Let the dogs enjoy art galleries and museums too, says Philip Mold

Mold accepts that not all museums are dog-friendly, and that the most popular institutions may need to implement daily quotas for dogs to prevent them from being exceeded – or else introduce dog days altogether. as some cinemas have screenings at which well behaved pets can attend.

“It seems to me that the portcullis drops when you have a dog,” Mould said, “But after the lockdown we were reminded yet again of the important role dogs play in families. So it’s rather a shame you don’t cannot accommodate dogs.

“I think more people would visit a house or a gallery if the dog could enter with them. Museums and galleries need to be a little more imaginative and inclusive when it comes to families with well-behaved dogs.

Mold continued: “The dog has been an important part of the British domestic scene for millennia and it seems so natural for a dog to accompany you on a visit. Dogs desacralize and humanize an experience that is sometimes a little rigid.

“Of course dogs can make a mess, but my answer to that is very simple – in the same way that if a human misbehaves – he should leave. That is easily fixed.”

Cedric has been Mold’s constant companion during the lockdown, with the art historian unable to leave the country as he normally would to view artwork and film for the BBC.

Cedric, he said, was “extremely well-behaved” and regularly accompanied his owner on visits to the two major auction houses – Christie’s and Bonhams – which allow dogs to be viewed. Sotheby’s, Mould said, still had a dog ban in place, a move he described as “inexplicably dogmatic”.

Mold finds looking at paintings a more enjoyable experience with Cedric by his side, adding: “I’ve held my dog ​​in front of so many pictures. He almost has a good eye.

Mildred D. Field