Clark Hanford, with his oil paintings of dogs in antique frames, is the May artist-of-the-month at Westport Book Shop. / Contributed photo

WESTPORT — Paintings of dogs, interpreted in 19th-Century style, will be exhibited through May at the Westport Book Shop.

The oil paintings by Clark Hanford, a 1962 Staples High School graduate, are the artist-of-the-month display through May 31 at the store, 23 Jesup Road.

A reception for the artist and his exhibit is planned at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the shop. Register to attend by calling 203-349-5141 or email

Hanford, an artist for more than five decades, lived and worked in London for 17 years, making and selling his artwork from a Notting Hill shop. He is particularly known for “life-like sculptures of actors, such as Marlene Dietrich, Lucille Ball, Katherine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, dressed in period clothing” that he fashioned, according to the book shop’s announcement for the exhibit.

He returned to Westport in 1985, and among his notable clients have been Burt Bacharach, Demi Moore, John Entwistle, Elton John, Debbie Reynolds and David Bowie.

A sculpture that Hanford did of Marlene Dietrich was featured in the May 1983 edition Playboy magazine and photographed by Helmut Newton, according to the publicity release.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the Westport Book Shop website or call 203-349-5141.