Born in 1844 in the State of New York, Cassius Marcellus Coolidge was already almost 60 years old when he started the series that made him famous, the sixteen variations in paint of Dogs Playing Poker. Originally intended as advertising pieces for a cigar company, for many they are powerful symbols of "middle class" America, yet always retain the pleasing, approachable joviality felt when first coming across these delightful pieces. These imagined reproductions of fraternal scenes of anthropomorphic camaraderie earned Coolidge a place in kitsch history. Having first worked as a principal, a municipal official and an entrepreneur, the artist opened the first bank in Antwerp, New York. Having moved careers once again Coolidge earned himself some experience in journalism and began to publish some early drawing in the popular magazines of his day. He even turned his hand to Opera, writing a comic piece which dealt with the infestation of a plague of mosquitoes in the city of New York. Nicknamed "Cash", Coolidge's entrepreneurial fibre ensured he was never short of ideas or money. Indeed, one of the artist's great ideas still delights holidaymakers to this day; his full-length wooden figures with the head cut out which allows tourists to stick theirs through and take pictures.
Coolidge completed sixteen imagined reproductions of dogs in a drawing room, smoking cigars and enacting different scenarios. Contrary to popular knowledge only nine feature dogs actually playing poker. One of the most charming interpretations is his Dogs Playing Pool. Jovial and light-hearted, Coolidge's pool-playing canines pursue their game with the same eagerness as if they were chasing a stick. Not as surreal as his dogs in a kangaroo trial or at a medieval court, Dogs Playing Pool is the perfect centrepiece for any games room or beside any billiard table.
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