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Dog Days

An artist's best friend

Sleepy puppy sketch. From page 17 of John White Alexander sketchbook, between 1877 and 1881. John White Alexander papers, Archives of Ame...

Sculptor Alexander Calder (1898–1976) with his dogs in Roxbury, Connecticut, ca. 1960. Calder's first creations, aged 11, were a tiny dog and a duck that he gave to his parents as Christmas presents. Alexander Calder papers.

Mural painter Barry Faulkner (1881– 1966) and his Dachshund “Slipper” in Keene, New Hampshire, 1948. Barry Faulkner papers.

Sculptor John Bradley Storrs (1885–1956) at right, with friends and a puppy, ca. 1906. John Bradley Storrs papers.

Citation: Walt Kuhn sketching outdoors, July 1906 / unidentified photographer. Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Walt and Brenda Kuhn at Ogunquit, 1926 or 1927 / unidentified photographer. Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Mrs. Helen K. Sellers fan letter to Jackson Pollock, with photo of her son Manning, 1948 Aug. 8. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Now only four weeks till the election. To tide you over until voting day, here is one of our former presidents, Herbert Hoover, in his campaign photo with soon-to-be first dog King Tut. Herbert Hoover and his dog ‘King Tut’, 1928 / Theodore Horydczak, photographer. Benson Bond Moore papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Moses Soyer letter to David Soyer

Citation: Liliane Kaufmann, ca. 1942 / unidentified photographer. Aline and Eero Saarinen papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Chenoweth Hall (standing) and Miriam Colwell (seated) in front of post office in Prospect Harbor, Maine, with their dogs Lassie and Stormy, ca. 1960 / unidentified photographer. Chenoweth Hall papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

It’s take your dog to work day, as demonstrated here by illustrator Albert Dorne, who considered his dog Mike “his severest critic outside of his wife Edna.” Albert Dorne with his dog Mike, ca. 1945 / unidentified photographer. Miscellaneous photographs collection, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Alpheus Hyatt Mayor, ca. 1950 / unidentified photographer. A. Hyatt Mayor papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Dog posing on table, 195-? / Honoré Desmond Sharrer, photographer. Honoré Sharrer papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Louise Nevelson with her basketball teammates, 1913 / unidentified photographer. Louise Nevelson papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: 'Echo' Triptych, 1974 / Lowell Nesbitt, photographer. Lowell Nesbitt papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Henry Ward Ranger, ca. 1908 / unidentified photographer. Macbeth Gallery records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Blanche Erst Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear, between 1930 and 1970? . Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Holiday card depicting Helen and Cleanthe Carr, 194-? . Alfred J. Frueh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Ink drawing of a bulldog head, between 1895 and 1974 . Benson Bond Moore papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Katharine Ward Lane (Weems) seated with dog, ca. 1935 / unidentified photographer. Katharine Lane Weems papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Claes Oldenburg and Leo Castelli, with a dog, between 1970 and 1990 / unidentified photographer. Leo Castelli Gallery records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Rockwell Kent playing in the snow with his dog, ca. 1935 / unidentified photographer. Rockwell Kent papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Louise Brann, ca. 1935 / unidentified photographer. Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.