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To Agree Like Cat and Dog

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Description When people can never agree, you might say that they "fight like cats and dogs." This, and many other sayings, or proverbs, are medieval in origin, and guessing proverbs from illustrated versions of them was a popular form of entertainment. Since proverbs were often based on analogies or even nonsense, they provided the artist with a chance to create clever and humorous scenes, like the cartoonish cat and dog snarling at each other here.
  • Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Léon Gruel [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [no. 12]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1906 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1906

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ca. 1490 (Renaissance)
ink on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 7 7/8 x W: 5 1/8 in. (20 x 13 cm)
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