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Black Hawk Horse Weathervane Pattern

1871-1872 Attributed to Henry Leach Born: New Milford, Pennsylvania 1809 Died: Montrose, Pennsylvania 1885 carved and painted wood 22 x 34 1/2 x 3 5/8 in. (55.9 x 87.6 x 9.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.358 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Henry Leach probably based this design on an early lithographic portrait of the racehorse Black Hawk, a popular winner of the 1840s and subject of many weather vanes. The manufacturer L. W. Cushing and Sons used this wooden pattern to create a hollow iron mold, from which many copper vanes could be produced. (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990)

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Animal - horse

sculpture

folk art

wood

About Attributed to Henry Leach

Born: New Milford, Pennsylvania 1809 Died: Montrose, Pennsylvania 1885