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Nellie Mae Rowe, American, 1900–1982
Crayon and pencil on paper
18 x 24 inches
T. Marshall Hahn Collection
(c) Estate of Nellie Mae Rowe/High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Dogs appear frequently in Rowe’s drawings and are often interpreted symbolically, most commonly as an alter ego or a kind of spirit animal. Rowe did not own dogs, but she used stuffed animals and other novelty dogs frequently in her installations at the Playhouse. The blue dog in Happy Days is particularly reminiscent of a toy dog she hung from a tree that was captured by photographer Lucinda Bunnen.