John Henry Dolph (1835-1903, American)

John Henry Doph Self-portrait 1860

John Henry Dolph
Self-portrait
1860

John Henry Dolph (1835-1903) was born near Lake George, New York and moved to Ohio in 1841.  Eight years later he became an apprentice to a carriage painter.  From 1855-1858, Dolph painted portraits for the Allen Smith Jr. studio in Cleveland.  In 1864, he moved to New York city where he started to exhibit his work.  Dolph studied abroad in Antwerp from 1870-1873 and in Paris from 1880-1882.  From this time, he began painting dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.  Highly praised in the New York Tribune in 1892, “…in painting one of the prettiest household sights, a bundle of vari-colored fur lying on a cushion and filling the beholder with perplexing doubts as to which heads, tails, and paws belong to which bodies.”  A publication called The Recorder noted that “What J.G. Brown has done for the American street urchin, Mr. Dolph has done for the American cat.”  

An Easy Target Oil on Canvas John Henry Dolph American cats in art

An Easy Target
Oil on Canvas
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A Safe Refuge - Pug and Kitten John Henry Dolph

A Safe Refuge – Pug and Kitten
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Cat and Mouse John Henry Dolph Private Collection

Cat and Mouse
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Cat and Mouse Detail John Henry Dolph Private Collection

Cat and Mouse
Detail
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Cats by a Stool John Henry Dolph Private Collection cats in art

Cats by a Stool
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Dog and Kittens John Henry Dolph Private Collection American cat in art

Dog and Kittens
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Repose John Henry Dolph Private Collection cat paintings

Repose
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Mother Cat and Kittens Private Collection

Mother Cat and Kittens
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Mother and Kittens Private Collection cats in art

Mother and Kittens
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Feeding Puppies and Kittens Private Collection

Feeding Puppies and Kittens
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Good Friends John Henry Dolph Walters Museum cats and kittens in art

Good Friends
Walters Museum

 

Mother and Her Kittens John Henry Dolph Private Collection

Mother and Her Kittens
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A Cat and Her Kittens John Henry Dolph Private Collection

A Cat and Her Kittens
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Playful Kittens Private Collection kittens in art

Playful Kittens
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Puppy and Kittens Private Collection

Puppy and Kittens
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Kitten and Cigar John Henry Dolph Private Collection

Kitten and Cigar
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Kittens Private Collection

Kittens
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Mother and Kittens Private Collection cats in art

Mother and Kittens
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Mother and Two Kittens John Henry Dolph Private Collection

Mother and Two Kittens
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Mother Cat with her Kittens John Henry Dolph Private Collection

Mother Cat with her Kittens
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Playing Kittens John Henry Dolph Private Collection

Playing Kittens
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Playing with a Cigar John Henry Dolph Private Collection

Playing with a Cigar
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Dinner Time John Henry Dolph Private Collection

Dinner Time
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The Scholar 1881 John Henry Dolph Private Collection

The Scholar
1881
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Playing with Thread John Henry Dolph Private Collection

Playing with Thread
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Mother Always Provides John Henry Dolphe cats in art

Mother Always Provides
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