He Is Saved, Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Black and white dog facing up and left resting on beach with supine body of young girl in pink dress lying across its front paws – sea in background. Dog saves a girl, not a boy as indicated in title. Same dog and child as in “To The Rescue” (2004.D03.077 FAC #6079).

Currier & Ives based this print on an 1856 painting by English artist Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) called Saved. The Landseer image depicts a black and white Newfoundland dog on a beach with a small girl who has just been rescued by the dog from drowning. Currier & Ives have echoed the composition of Landseer’s painting, and though the title of the print refers to He is Saved, the figure appears to be female. Landseer was a popular artist who specialized in paintings and sculptures of horses, dogs and stags and often gave his animals human-like expressions. The Newfoundland dog possesses a natural instinct to rescue and comfort those in distress in the water. During the 19th century, there were numerous accounts of the dogs participating in water rescues.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
Undated
Medium
Hand-colored lithograph
Dimensions
15 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches
Credit
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
Accession Number
2004.D03.095
On View?
No
Image Request
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