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William Holbrook Beard - Why, Puppy Looks Like Granpa!

William Holbrook Beard (1824-1900), American
Why, Puppy Looks Like Grandpa!, 1874
OIL ON CANVAS, 12 x 10 inches
Gift of Horace Fairbanks

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.