William Sidney Mount
, Farmer’s Nooning, 1836
George Caleb Bingham
, County Election, 1851
Mid-century genre. Who are we, as a nation? Democratic practices critiqued.
, Negro Life in the South/Old Kentucky Home, 1859
, War News from Mexico, 1848. Deals with entanglement with western
expansion and slavery and the acquisition of territory from Mexico.
Asher B. Durand
, Progress, 1853. Notions of progress, expansion.
, Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way, 1861-62. Western
, Lackawana Valley, 1855. “Machine in the Garden.”
, Initials, 1864
Veteran in a New Field, 1865
, Prisoners from the front, 1866
, The Old Stage Coach, 1871
Kids playing on old stage coach—a contemporary ruin. Colonial revival, looking back
upon America’s history—children’s playfulness represents who we were as a nation.