Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

Dog Rock

© estate of Graham Sutherland. Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

The rock in ‘Dog Rock’ sits poised at the centre of the composition, balanced as if it could tip and pitch forward at any moment. The rock is placed in an ambiguous space: on one side foliage and flowers grow while the saturated red background suggests a man-made wall or construction. The sense of balance in this painting is common to many of the period. Sutherland explained: ‘I have always felt the need for an element of equilibrium... I have tried to control the unbalance’.

Dog Rock




oil on canvas


H 100 x W 81.5 cm

Accession number

NMW A 2270

Acquisition method

transferred from the Graham and Kathleen Sutherland Foundation, 1989

Work type


Inscription description

G.S. 1975-6


This artwork does not have any tags yet. You can help by tagging artworks on Tagger.

National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff (Caerdydd) CF10 3NP Wales

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue