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Monarch of the Farm

1891 William H. Howe Born: Ravenna, Ohio 1846 Died: Bronxville, New York 1929 oil on canvas 36 1/2 x 49 1/8 in. (92.6 x 124.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. William Henry Howe 1921.1.3 Not currently on view


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William Henry Howe made a name for himself in France and the United States as a painter of animals. His farm scenes provided patrons with an antidote to the unnerving changes in American society brought about by industrialization. The prize bull and placid cow in these paintings evoke the patriarchal and matriarchal roles of a nineteenth-century household, and hark back to an ideal of agrarian America that seemed distant from the urban bustle of the Gilded Age.

Keywords

Animal - cattle

Architecture - farm - barn

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About William H. Howe

Born: Ravenna, Ohio 1846 Died: Bronxville, New York 1929

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