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A Chip of the Old Block

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.

Date: Undated

Artists: Nathaniel Currier
Medium: Hand-colored lithograph
Measurements: 23 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches
Access Number: 2004-D03-458
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds

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