John Henry Dolph (1835–1903)
John Henry Dolph was a multitalented artist who tried his hand at every subject of nineteenth-century painting: still life, landscape, portraiture, genre, and animals. Based in New York, Dolph studied under Van Kyck, an animal painter, in Antwerp and underwent further training in Paris. He first gained recognition for his Hudson River School landscapes, domestic genre scenes, and rich still lifes, but began to concentrate on animal painting after 1875. Best known for his inspired, playful portraits of cats and dogs, Dolph became one of the country’s most prominent animal painters. He was an academician of the National Academy of Design, won a medal from the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition of 1901, and exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Paris Salon. Today, his work is in the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Portland Art Museum, and the Newark Museum.