The Sick Child

  • J. Bond Francisco, The Sick Child, 1893, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1991.9

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In The Sick Child the green walls and pale sheets emphasize the boy's flushed skin, and although his eyes are closed, he does not appear to rest comfortably. The silk clown dangling upside down by one leg from the boy's hand appears about to fall, as if the child himself has only a weak grip on life. J. Bond Francisco exhibited this painting at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the image was widely reproduced and hung on the walls of doctors' offices and hospitals. (Broun, "Director's Choice: The Sick Child," SAAM Web site)

Title
The Sick Child
Artists
Date
1893
On View
Dimensions
32 x 48 in. (81.3 x 121.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum Purchase

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – toy – doll
  • Object – furniture – bed
  • Occupation – domestic – sewing
  • State of being – illness
Object Number
1991.9
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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