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Irish Cottage

ca. 1935-1938 Josephine Joy Born: North River Mills, West Virginia 1869 Died: Peoria, Illinois 1948 oil on canvas 31 x 36 1/8 in. (78.8 x 91.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the Newark Museum 1966.31.8 Not currently on view


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This quaint Irish cottage was probably inspired by romantic illustrations of Ireland that appeared in American travel brochures and books. The lady playing a harp, however, is based on the symbol of the Society of United Irishmen, an organization formed in 1791 to rebel against British control. Their badge combined a harp (Ireland's national icon), with the motto: "It is new strung and shall be heard."

Keywords

Animal - dog

Architecture Exterior - domestic - cottage

Figure female - full length

Landscape - garden

Landscape - Ireland

New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - California

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Josephine Joy

Born: North River Mills, West Virginia 1869 Died: Peoria, Illinois 1948

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