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The Ephrata Group

1930s-1940s W. W. Swallow Born: Clark's Green, Pennsylvania 1912 terra cotta on wood base 18 7/8 x 10 5/8 x 10 3/8 in. (47.8 x 26.9 x 26.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of International Business Machines Corporation 1966.27.10 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48A

Luce Center Label

Ephrata is a settlement in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, that began as a monastic colony in the 1700s. Known then as the Ephrata Cloisters, the community was founded by Johann Conrad Beissel, a German preacher and writer of hymns. The Ephrata Group shows two women and two men, with bare feet and heavy clothing. The figures’ gestures and solemn expressions suggest a moment of worship or prayer.


Ethnic - Amish

Figure group



ceramic - terra cotta


About W. W. Swallow

Born: Clark's Green, Pennsylvania 1912

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