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My Day at Home

1906 William H. Howe Born: Ravenna, Ohio 1846 Died: Bronxville, New York 1929 oil on canvas 24 1/8 x 30 1/8 in. (61.3 x 76.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William T. Evans 1909.7.30 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 15A

Luce Center Label

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.


Animal - cattle

Architecture - farm - barn


paint - oil

fabric - canvas