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1862 Thomas Hicks Born: Newtown, Pennsylvania 1823 Died: Trenton Falls, New York 1890 oil on canvas 10 1/8 x 18 1/8 in. (25.7 x 45.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase and gift of Dwight Wardlaw 1968.59.1 Not currently on view


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Thomas Hicks painted many images of the hills and rivers around his home in New York. Americans enjoyed scenic paintings of the landscape like this, which emphasized the peaceful relationship between man and nature. Industrialization in the nineteenth century took over many areas of countryside, and people bought images of the landscape to replace the view that had disappeared from their doorstep. The flat gray sky and the subdued browns and greens of this landscape evoke a hazy, midsummer afternoon in upstate New York.

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Animal - bird - duck

Animal - cattle

Landscape - lake

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas