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“A Bold Bluff” by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

A Bold Bluff

A Bold Bluff

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The Saint Bernard is holding a cigar staring keenly over the chips at the bull dog across the table. All the other dogs study the Saint Bernard trying to determine what is in his hand. We can see that he only has a pair of deuces. Will the bull dog fall for the bluff? A large pile of chips in the middle of the table is at hand.

This painting is the first in a series of two, so you will need to look at the final episode, Waterloo, to discover the ending.

Painted sometime before February of 1909. Cassius Coolidge originally titled this painting Judge St. Bernard Stands Pat on Nothing, but Brown & Bigelow’s marketers renamed it to its current form.

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