His iconic paintings certainly more famous than his name, Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (1844-1934) was an American artist — sometimes known as “Kash” — commissioned to paint multiple versions of “Dogs Playing Poker” for cigar manufacturers Brown & Begelow in the early 1900s…C.M. Coolidge A FRIEND IN NEEDPOKER SYMPATHY BOLD BLUFFPINCHEDHIS STATION