A Chip of the Old Block, Nathaniel Currier

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Two white dogs, one black mouse in mouth of smaller dog to left.

Although rodent-catching is often associated with cats, dogs were also adept at pursuing the unwanted creatures. Currier & Ives created many prints that illustrated animals hunting. Dogs are often depicted scampering around the farm in the classic scenes. A Chip of the Old Block captures a “teaching moment” between a dog and its young pup. The puppy has just caught a rat and is holding the rodent in its mouth while the seasoned hunter observes its technique.

Object Creator
Currier, Nathaniel (American, 1813-1888)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
23 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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