Irish Cottage

Media - 1966.31.8 - SAAM-1966.31.8_2 - 127056
Copied Josephine Joy, Irish Cottage, ca. 1935-1938, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the Newark Museum, 1966.31.8

Artwork Details

Title
Irish Cottage
Date
ca. 1935-1938
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
3136 18 in. (78.891.9 cm)
Credit Line
Transfer from the Newark Museum
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape — Ireland
  • Figure female — full length
  • Animal — dog
  • New Deal — Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project — California
Object Number
1966.31.8

Artwork Description

This quaint Irish cottage was probably inspired by romantic illustrations of Ireland that appeared in American travel brochures and books. The lady playing a harp, however, is based on the symbol of the Society of United Irishmen, an organization formed in 1791 to rebel against British control. Their badge combined a harp (Ireland's national icon), with the motto: "It is new strung and shall be heard."