Catalog of the Fine Arts Collection
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William Holbrook Beard (1824-1900), American
William Holbrook Beard is noted for his light humor, particularly in his depictions of animals run amok. This affectionate portrayal of a young boy remarking upon his dog's wrinkled resemblance to his grandfather is typical of Beard's work. Unusual, however, is the painting's reliance upon its title for the viewer to interpret the subject. Beard's sense of humor and dependence upon his title to convey meaning reflect the strong influence of the art of caricature on his work.