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  • Racetrack Tout Trade Figure [Object]

    Possibly carved by Charles Parker Dowler of Providence, Rhode Island, this type of swaggering caricature was popular with tobacconists. In catalogues, this model was sometimes known as ‘The Dude’ –...

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  • Ashoken Junction [Object]

    The founders of The American Museum in Britain regarded this painting as the ‘grandparent’ of the Museum’s entire collection, as it was the first piece of Americana that they ever...

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  • Susan of Nantucket Scimshaw [Object]

    Scrimshaw – the art of incising decorative motifs onto ivory – began on whaling ships in the Pacific Ocean between 1745 and 1759. It quickly became a popular pastime for...

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  • Cigar Store Indian [Object]

    Wearing a headdress with lustrous ostrich feathers and a girdle with a scabbard, this fantasy figure of a Native American was carved by a master craftsman. Note the precise way...

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  • New England Gentleman [Object]

    Among the most celebrated of American folk painters, John Brewster Jr. (1766-1854) was his own greatest creation. The son of a prominent doctor in Hampton, Connecticut, Brewster was born profoundly...

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  • Taufschein for Maria Klotz [Object]

    The term ‘fraktur’ refers not only to a particular genre of illuminated German-American folk art but also to the elaborate lettering (or typeface) used on these decorated documents, created to...

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  • Weathervane Indian [Object]

    Indian with bow and arrow weathervane. Depictions of Native American archers, with extended bows, were popular designs for weathervanes in the later nineteenth century. The point of the cocked...

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  • Portrait of a Gentleman – Daniel Coker? [Object]

    Joshua Johnson is considered to be the first significant African-American artist. He worked in Baltimore, Maryland, from 1796 to 1824. It is not known whether he received formal training as...

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  • Eagle [Object]

    German-born Wilhelm Schimmel (1817–1890) was an itinerant carver who travelled throughout Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He is particularly known for his Habsburg-style eagles with outstretched wings. It is thought that Schimmel...

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  • Emma Thompson [Object]

    Sturtevant J. Hamblen was born into a family of decorative painters in Maine. Three of his brothers listed themselves in business directories as ‘House, sign and fancy painters’ but Sturtevant...

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