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Long Island Homestead, Study from Nature

1859 Andrew W. Warren Born: Coventry, New York 1823 Died: New York, New York 1873 oil on paperboard 12 1/2 x 23 7/8 in. (31.6 x 60.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Given in memory of Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Lipsig 1971.373 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing


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This intimate study, executed on the spot, captures the daily existence of an idyllic rural homestead. Sheep and cattle graze on the hill to the right. Several figures relax on the porch, while two women cut and bind sheaves of wheat in front of a pond. This is a model of self-sufficiency, complete with farmhouse, barn, vegetable and flower gardens, as well as land for crops and animals, and even a graveyard on the hill to the left. All of the inhabitants' needs are depicted from cradle to grave.  But this kind of pastoral paradise was already being disrupted by the railroads. Increasingly, trains from Ohio and further west delivered supplies to the mill towns, undercutting the local farmers, and rendering scenes like this one a fond memory. 

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - farmhouse

Figure female - full length

Landscape - lake

Landscape - New York - Long Island

Occupation - domestic - laundry

Occupation - farm - harvesting

painting

paint - oil

paperboard

About Andrew W. Warren

Born: Coventry, New York 1823 Died: New York, New York 1873