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Italian Scene

1860 William Tolman Carlton Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1816 Died: Dorchester, Massachusetts 1888 oil on canvas mounted on fiberglass 29 1/4 x 36 in. (74.3 x 91.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Stuart P. Feld 1974.114 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Italian Scene shows a young woman gathering water while her friend sits on the riverbank spinning yarn. This quaint scene of Italian life suggests that, like many other nineteenth-century artists, William Tolman Carlton traveled to Italy to study and paint. Images like this, of “exotic” people and ancient monuments, were popular with American artists and tourists in Europe.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Architecture Exterior - religious - church

Figure group

Landscape - Italy

Monument - fountain

Occupation - domestic - water carrier

Occupation - religion - monk

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas