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John Whetten Ehninger
October
1867
oil
32 1/4 x 54 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum



On a crisp autumn day, several farm workers labor side-by-side harvesting a bountiful crop. The man, who pauses in his work to talk with the young woman, is probably the owner of the farm. A boy, perhaps his son, waits in the wagon bed to drive the produce to market. The scene celebrates the prosperity of American agriculture following the Civil War and boasts of regional crops that were marketed nationwide.