Bargaining for a Horse

After William Sidney Mount (American, 1807-1868)
Charles Kennedy Burt, Engraver (American, 1823-1892)

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This awkward encounter between two Yankee farmers who whittle while deferring hard bargaining is a deft observation of rural behavior by an artist who was raised on a Long Island farm. Such scenes of everyday agrarian life were Mount’s specialties and tapped a nostalgic market among urban Americans—specifically, farmer-turned-New York merchant Lumen Reed, for whom Mount had painted this picture in 1835.

Jerry M. Wright; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1983

Object Information

artist
After William Sidney Mount (American, 1807-1868)
engraver
Charles Kennedy Burt (American, 1823-1892)
creation date
1851, copyright 1853
materials
engraving
dimensions
7 7/8 x 10 in. (image)
11 7/8 x 14 3/8 in. (sheet)
accession number
1983.192
credit line
Gift of Jerry M. Wright
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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