National Academy Museum

and School of Fine Arts


Fair and Free: Images of Childhood, 1824-1992

November 26, 1997 - March 8, 1998


Not surprisingly, affection is a recurring theme in these images, whether it be the affection of a mother for her happy child, as in Bessie Vonnoh's Young Mother, a sculpture of 1896, or the sad, posthumously-expressed affection of parents for the deceased children, as in Frederick Agate's Mother Lamenting Over Her Child (1827). Children appear in a variety of settings--rural and urban--in these works of art, as is suggested by the titles of some: Max Bohm's Children of the Sands (1917), Edward Dufner's Margaret by the Window (n.d.), Lily Harmon's Tenement Window(1943), and Walter Stuempfig's Field Grass (ca. 1955).

Eastman Johnson (1824-1906)

The Art Lover, n.d.

oil on canvas, 12 3/8 x 15 1/2 inches

Courtesy: National Academy Museum, Bequest of James A. Suydam, 1865

Photographer: Glenn Castellano


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