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William Henry Lippincott
Farm Interior: Breton Children Feeding Rabbits
1878
oil
21 1/2 x 25 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum



Americans of the Gilded Age sought eternal values in places passed over by industrialization. Here, three children pause at their chores to watch rabbits feed. Dwarfed by the huge stone hearth, they seem emblematic of the timeless domestic rituals of life that Lippincott found in rural villages of Brittany, near to Paris but remote from its sophistication.