Inventing American Stories

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Inventing American Stories, 1765–1830 Francis William Edmonds (American, 1806–1863) The Image Pedlar , ca. 1844 Oil on canvas; 33 1/4 x 42 1/4 in. (84.5 x 107.3 cm) Collection of The New-York Historical Society, Gift of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts (1858.71) Edmonds often described stereotyped roles in what he deemed to be properly ordered families, showing women responding to superficial things and men respecting substance. The women in this scene admire the peddler's bowl of painted plaster fruit while the men tend to lessons on history—signified by the bust of George Washington—and other sensible matters. Edmonds points out the dangerous attraction of reproductions or multiples at a time when cheaply produced images proliferated. Paintings such as those created by Edmonds and his colleagues would increasingly need to compete with the lithographs, woodcuts, and other illustrations that appeared everywhere—from inexpensive pamphlets and newspapers to costly prints and gift books Stories for the Public, 1830–1860 Allen Smith Jr. (American, 1810–1890)
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