He Could Feel the Dog's Breath

Daniel A. Heyman, American, born 1963


March 2006

Drypoint on Rives BFK paper


Plate: 15 11/16 × 11 11/16 in. (39.8 × 29.7 cm)

Sheet (Irreg.): 27 1/16 × 22 9/16 in. (68.8 × 57.3 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Anonymous Fund #144

© Daniel A. Heyman


Portfolio / Series Title

Amman series of The Abu Ghraib Project


Cindi Ettinger


C. R. Ettinger Studio, Philadelphia


Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed and dated, in graphite, lower right: D[illegible] 2006; numbered, in graphite, lower left margin: 19/30; titled and inscribed, in block, upper left to center: HE COULD FEEL THE DOG'S BREATH. HE WAS / AFRAID, THE DOG'S [sic] NEVER TOUCHED HIM; inscribed, in block, upper right: TOUFIQ HARI ALI / BORN 1987 APRIL 11 [horizontal orientation]; inscribed, in block, right: BOMBS FELL NEAR MY HOUSE I WAS HIT IN THE ARM MY / HAND DOES NOT WORK MY TWO COUSINS DIED- ONE'S HEAD / BLEW OFF. AFTER THE BOMBS THE PLANES LANDED AND / THEY TOOK ME TO ABU GHRAIB / WHEN THE TRANSLATOR HANDED ME THE ACCUSATION PAPER, / It WAS BLANK. I SAID "IT'S BLANK." SO THE TRANSLATOR TOOK It BACK AND WROTE DOWN THAT I HAD RESISTED / BY FIRING CANONS, I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING / THE DOGS SURROUNDED / THEM IN A / CORNER [inscription has horizontal orientation, with left at top, right at bottom]; inscribed, in block, center to upper left: HE WAS IN A TENT WITH ONLY / CHILDREN BETWEEN15- 17 - 18 THEY PROSTED [sic] / BEING HELD FOR NO REASON A[backwards N]D THAT / IS WHEN THEY BROUGHT THE DOGS Embossed, lower right corner: [insignia: C [symbol] [three horizontal lines stacked vertically], with arc above and below] Watermark, lower right: BFK RIVES

Course History

FREN 7, French Graphic Novels, Annabelle Cone, Spring 2013

ENVS 80, Writing Our Way Home: The Writing That Sustains Us, Terry Tempest Williams, Spring 2013

THEA 10.1, Human Rights and Performance, Laura Edmondson, Spring 2014

THEA 10.1, COLT 34.2, Human Rights and Performance, Laura Edmondson, Fall 2014

ENGL 74.05, Word-Image Theory, Michael Chaney, Fall 2019

SART 15.01, Drawing I, Viktor Witkowski, Winter 2020

RUSS 7.06, Doing Things with Words, Ainsley Morse, Winter 2020

HIST 23, American History since 1980, Julie Rabig, Spring 2020

SART 15.01, Drawing I, Esme Thompson, Fall 2020

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 47, Bearing Witness, The Abu Ghraib Project by Daniel Heyman, Kristin Monahan Garcia, MALS 2005, Assistant Curator of Academic and Student Programming and John Mathias, Class of 2011, Main Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 5, 2008-February 1, 2009. [Exhibited in conjunction with Dartmouth College's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and its 2009 theme, "Getting to the Mountaintop: Moving through Conflict toward Reconciliation."

Word and Image in Contemporary Art, Churchill P. Lathrop Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 26-August 4, 2013.

Publication History

Brian P. Kennedy and Emily Shubert Burke, Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2009 p.188, no.206.


The artist, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; sold to the present collection, 2007.

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