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Henry B. Plant Museum
Henry B. Plant Museum, 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel
401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL
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Paintings, sculptures, textiles, decorative arts and more from the late 19th and early 20th centuries featuring man's best friend.  Victorian era artwork featured dogs in many different roles.  This fascinating exhibit showcases sporting dogs, working dogs, dogs at play, pets, and in domestic settings.  Among the variety of works on display will be one of the most famous 19th century dogs Dash, Queen Victoria's favorite pet.  Explore artwork with a variety of breeds such as King Charles Spaniels, Whippets, Maltese, Dalmatians, Terriers and Pomeranians.  Paintings from this era were meant to highlight breed standards as well as illustrating beloved companions.  
 
The core of the exhibit is drawn from the Henry B. Plant Museum's permanent collection, other artworks are lent by a variety of museums including: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts; the Lightner Museum and private collectors.  Decorative objects purchased by Henry Plant to furnish his opulent railroad resort provided guests with an atmosphere of art and culture.  In particular, the sculpture Au Coup de Fusil is highlighted at the Museum entrance and was the first piece of public art in Tampa.  It is cast iron with a bronze patina by artist Eglantine Lemaitre in 1890.