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Winter Scene

1971.590 (RS32646)

Description

Rural New England locale; clouded sky; snow covered fields with wooded area at left; fallen tree in foreground; two farmhouses with barns at center right with three skaters on pond in center; two people with oxen pulling sleigh-load of wood in front of pond.

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Label
"Cherished Possessions": William Titcomb's idyllic depiction of a snowy New Hampshire landscape suggests the dual nature of New England's winter. At once beautiful and threatening, winter was a time of leisure for some, hard work for others, and bitter cold for most. From the skaters at play to the farmer and his helper returning from a hard day's work, their oxen dragging a sledge loaded with that day's felled timber, Titcomb's scene suggests bone-chilling cold and the promise of warmth in the snow-laden house.
Maker
Titcomb, William H., 1823-1888 (Maker)
Date
1851
Location of origin
Cambridge, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
New Hampshire (United States)
Descriptive terms
canvas
Coated Canvas
landscapes (representations)
Oil
oil paint (paint)
Painting
paintings (visual works)
winter
Winter
Dimensions
21.438 x 29.5 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.590
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5224

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