John George Brown (American, 1831-1913)
oil on canvas, Framed: 98 x 120 x 11 cm (38 9/16 x 47 3/16 x 4 5/16 in.); Unframed: 80 x 101.6 cm (31 7/16 x 40 in.). Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 905.1972
Brown's preference for rural subjects in a time when the United States was undergoing rapid industrialization suggests nostalgia for the past. Indeed, Boat Builder, an image of an elderly craftsman working alone with hand tools in a tranquil setting replete with his sleeping dog, offered its contemporary audience a distinct alternative to mechanized factory production.
CMA 1973: "Year in Review for 1972," Bulletin, LX (March, 1973), p. 82, no. 115.
Atlanta, High Museum of Art, April 2 - July 31, 1994: "John George Brown: The Dignity of Years".
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