Monarch of the Farm

  • William H. Howe, Monarch of the Farm, 1891, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. William Henry Howe, 1921.1.3

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William Henry Howe made a name for himself in France and the United States as a painter of animals. His farm scenes provided patrons with an antidote to the unnerving changes in American society brought about by industrialization. The prize bull and placid cow in these paintings evoke the patriarchal and matriarchal roles of a nineteenth-century household, and hark back to an ideal of agrarian America that seemed distant from the urban bustle of the Gilded Age.
Title
Monarch of the Farm
Artist
Date
1891
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
36 1/2 x 49 1/8 in. (92.6 x 124.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. William Henry Howe

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – cattle
  • Architecture – farm – barn
Object Number
1921.1.3
Palette
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