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Andrew W. Warren
Long Island Homestead, Study from Nature
1859
oil
12 1/2 x 23 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Given in memory of Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Lipsig



This intimate study, executed on the spot, captures the daily existence of an idyllic rural homestead. Sheep and cattle graze on the hill to the right. Several figures relax on the porch, while two women cut and bind sheaves of wheat in front of a pond. This is a model of self-sufficiency, complete with farmhouse, barn, vegetable and flower gardens, as well as land for crops and animals, and even a graveyard on a hill. All of the inhabitants' needs are depicted from “cradle to grave.”