|Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields|
- Washington, United States
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Monday, October 28, 2019
Sunday, June 23, 2019
|british library flickr|
The Battle of Germantown may have been an overall loss, but there was one small win for the Colonies on October 6: a short cease fire was called so the Americans could return a small dog to his owner...his British owner, Sir William Howe. A terrier with Howe's name on his collar had been found unharmed but grubby on the battlefield. Washington had the little guy cleaned and fed, then escorted back to Howe under a flag of truce with a note:
General Washington's compliments to General Howe - He does himself the pleasure to return him a dog,Strikeouts are as in original note (and the habit of addressing nobility obviously dies hard, it seems). Want to see it? I found it here.
which by its collar appears to belong to himaccidentally fell into his hands, and by the inscription on the collar appears to belong to his Excellency Sir WilliamGeneral Howe.
PS: Your friendly Curator has been in the middle of a major move for a while now and that's not going to settle down quite yet. Stay tuned, and I'll post as I can.
Sunday, May 05, 2019
|www.metmuseum.org Gift of Roberto Berdecio, 1960 (PD)|
For Cinco de Mayo I'm bringing you this sprightly wood-engraved scene by Jose Guadalupe Posada. Here in Mujer bailando con gato (Woman Dancing with a Cat, c. 1900) a dancer steps out in her fine fringed shawl, surrounded by her similarly decked friends. But why's the cat in a tailcoat? After doing a little reading on Posada (like here), I think this is his way of lampooning a personage, a fat cat. You have to admit that cat isn't skinny, and the fancy coat has long been shorthand for identifying bankers, politicos and other possibly-corruptible callings. Is this poking fun at an official playing at being "man of the people"?
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
|thanks british library flickr (PD)|
On a Favourite Dog
Press gently on him, earth, and all around
Ye flowers spring up, and deck th' enamelled ground,
Breathe forth your choicest odours, and perfume
With all your fragrant sweets his little tomb.
This was likely in honor of her father's white greyhound, who died in 1714 and in whose honor a monument was raised near the family's English estate in Yorkshire. You can see that monument and read more on its history here. (Scroll to page 2.)
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
2100 BC, Mesopotamia: it's another day at the brickworks, and you've just impressed the official stamp on a fresh, moist, kiln-bound brick. So who let the dog in? To learn a little more, here's the brick's page at the British Museum.
Monday, March 11, 2019
|Gift of Ernest Brummer, 1957 www.metmuseum.org|
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Or whatever you personally call a happy stuck-out dog tongue.