2021 San Francisco Fall Show – Man’s Best Friend

The 2021 San Francisco Fall Show is now live on InCollect through October 24. Today’s blogpost explores dogs, AKA “man’s best friend”. The earliest citation of this expression in the U.S. is traced to a poem by C.S. Winkle printed in The New-York Literary Journal, Volume 4, 1821:

The faithful dog – why should I strive

To speak his merits, while they live

In every breast, and man’s best friend

Does often at his heels attend.

Here are a few lovely examples from the show:

From Engs-Dimitri: Faience Model of a Spaniel, Mombaers Factory Brussels, 18th century

By Vera Vandenbosch