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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.




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.


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Wenceslaus Hollar


White Dog


Bohemia (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1649


Etching on ivory laid paper


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

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