Head of Dennis Casey, Judge Huntington’s Famous Bull Terrier
11 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.
Henry Rankin Poore,
Medium and Support:
oil on panel
Florence Griswold Museum; Gift of David and Suzanne Hoffman and the Hoffman Family
portrait of a bull terrier dog with white fur.
Head of Dennis Casey, Judge Huntington’s Famous Bull Terrier, ca. 1906
Oil on panel
Florence Griswold Museum, Gift of David Hoffman
Poore exhibited this portrait of Judge Joseph S. Huntington’s famous bull terrier, named Dennis Casey, in the annual summer exhibition of Lyme artists’ work in 1906. Judge Huntington oversaw the probate court in Old Lyme, where he was a neighbor of Florence Griswold. As in the Beagle Hound nearby, Poore has imbued the dog with human qualities, painting him as distinguished and proud as he would have depicted the dog’s honorable owner. While the dog’s name imparts a sense of character, “Dennis Casey” may also refer to a stereotype of Irishness that appeared in periodicals of the time.
Inscription top right reads Joe Huntington, Old Lyme, Masster of Dennis Casey