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White Dog

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1649

Artist:

Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, 1607-1677)
after Adriaen Jacobz Matham (Dutch, 1599-1660)

About this artwork

Images of dogs in the early modern period could have allegorical or moral meanings or simply offer literal portraits. Wenceslaus Hollar’s profile study of a popular type of dog likely presents its sitter as a status symbol as well as someone’s pet. While the untamed lion-like mane could belong to a small poodle, this engraving is sometimes thought to represent a Bolognese dog, an Italian breed owned by and portrayed with members of the Gonzaga family in the sixteenth century and later idolized by Catherine the Great of Russia.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Wenceslaus Hollar

Title

White Dog

Place

Bohemia (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1649

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Plate: 7.7 × 12.2 cm (3 1/16 × 4 13/16 in.); Sheet: 15.5 × 21.2 cm (6 1/8 × 8 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of James Wells

Reference Number

1984.125

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