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A Chip of the Old Block
Two white dogs, one black mouse in mouth of smaller dog to left. From the Inventory Listing of Sidney A. Alpert "Chip off the Old Block,A/ N. Currier - L "
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.
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