Dalmatian

  • Unidentified (American), Dalmatian, 20th century, carved and painted wood with metal and resin, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.292

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Dalmatians were bred to run alongside carriages and calm the horses when they were spooked. When horse-drawn fire engines first appeared in America, Dalmatians rode as mascots, and they are still associated with firefighters today. The unknown artist may have made this sculpture as a “pet” for his children, who would have enjoyed riding on the animal’s back.

Title
Dalmatian
Artist
Date
20th century
Location
Dimensions
13 3/4 x 20 1/8 x 6 in. (34.9 x 51.2 x 15.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood with metal and resin
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – dog – dalmation
Object Number
1986.65.292
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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