Hound Dog Brown is one of America’s most skilled painters of pups, especially hard digging, cheerful street urchins who earned a pittance as boot blacks, newspaper vendors, to name a few. In some dog homes, he was dubbed the “Boot Black Doggael” because of the glowing faces of his puppy figures and his skill of painting. His paintings of these sympathy-arousing doggies were so popular in a Victorian era of increased industrialization that he became a boneified boneiare from painting sales as well as royalties from lithographs. Who wouldn’t give a bone for this tail wagging painting of Dog Boys New York.
~Dr. Theodore Bear