has come through again with respect to Coolidge. Although there will be no poker dog paintings involved, there have half a dozen lots of personal Coolidge works from his daughter’s estate. The items up for auction are mainly sketches and manuscripts by Coolidge. The highlight, I think, is the full manuscript of his play, King Gallinipper. There are at least a little cheaper than the dogs playing poker paintings, but are still a little more than I can justify spending. As always, I take donations.
While finishing up my , I ran across a random cafe in which was proudly displaying a tapestry of dogs playing poker above its tables. This version was an adaptation of .
"Bartender, is that a real dog playing poker?" the guy asks.
While , I happened through Queenstown and while walking around downtown saw the gallery by Ivan Clarke. I wandered in and saw paintings of dogs in various anthropomorphic scenes. I kept looking expectantly and came across which depicts several dogs in a high stakes card game. It is very reassuring that while on the other side of the world, humanity still grasps the timeless concepts of dogs playing poker.
This game is also known as Red Dog Poker or Yablon. In this game of red dog you will be able to prove your chance. Even though it’s found in some casinos, the game of red dog has descended in popularity.Quite an impressive resume for Cash, and the sections discussing his most lasting gifts, the paintings of dogs playing poker, is just beginning. Coolidge first began his career as a professional artist by creating artwork for local cigar companies that used his paintings for “lithographed box covers or inner box lids.” Although his most famous paintings are those with dogs in them, Cassius also created many other works. He painted of Massachusetts around 1895. It shows a monkey riding a bicycle with a parrot on the handlebars. This poster hung in showrooms for Columbia Bicycles. He also drew a sketch of a wide-eyed child titled which appeared in the February 9, 1878 edition of Harper’s Weekly. I am no art critic nor historian, so I am not totally sure what the sketch is trying to convey. At first, it seems that the drawing appears to call for better treatment of African Americans. The white man in the sketch has accused an African American child of stealing chickens, and the boy retorts that he does not have any chickens and should be treated with more respect. But when the boy’s hat is examined, there are three birds in it. I am not sure if these are the aforementioned chickens or not. Judging by his parents being abolitionists, it would seem that Cassius would be sympathetic to the suffering of blacks.The scene looks like it takes place in the corner of a questionable restaurant or club, with pictures of famous dogs that have visited that location lining the walls. In this booth, seven dogs sit across the table facing a bulldog that probably is not part of the regular crowd. During the last round of poker, the pot has grown quite large. The bulldog, thinking he could best the boss, has bet generously, confident in the power of his four aces. When the cards hit the table though, the other dog actually has a straight flush, the only hand able to beat his. The winning dog barks loudly across the table at his vanquished opponent, knocking him off his chair, spilling his drink, and causing him to drop his cards and cigar. The rest of the posse seems to enjoy watching the bulldog’s misery.On a side note, Coolidge seems to like the idea of getting four aces. The quite rare poker hand appears in at least four of his paintings: , , , and . , however, the four aces have been beaten by a straight flush. Perhaps a world where it is common for dogs to surround a poker table, the coveted four-ace poker hand also arises more often.