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The Money Diggers

Early ethnic stereotypes animate this painting based on one of the American author Washington Irving's raucous stores of life in colonial New York. In this scene from "The Adventure of the Black Fisherman," three money-mad characters hunt for treasure supposed to have been buried in a Dutch New York cemetery at the time of the British takeover. In painting the miserly Dutchman (far left), the sinister German sorcerer, and the superstitious black fisherman who led the group to the spot, John Quidor followed Irving's descriptions exactly, down to the green lenses in Dr. Knipperhausen's glasses.


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