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Boy in Peasant Costume

1907 Mary Louisa Adams Clement Born: Newbury, Massachusetts 1882 Died: Warrenton, Virginia 1950 watercolor on ivory sight 3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (9.5 x 7.3 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Adams-Clement Collection, gift of Mary Louisa Adams Clement in memory of her mother, Louisa Catherine Adams Clement 1950.6.13 Not currently on view


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Scenes of country life were popular at the turn of the century, and this painting shows a young boy in raffish clothes carrying a bundle of sticks. Wealthy Americans often displayed images of wholesome peasants as a way to establish and reinforce the class differences of the time.

Keywords

Portrait male - unidentified - child

Portrait male - unidentified - waist length

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Mary Louisa Adams Clement

Born: Newbury, Massachusetts 1882 Died: Warrenton, Virginia 1950

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