Caught Napping (Boys Caught Napping in a Field)
William Sidney Mount
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890
This humorous narrative of lazy boys about to be punished was commissioned by George Washington Strong to illustrate a memory of his rural Long Island childhood. The artist shows that these country boys have been mischievous by playing cards and napping instead of working. The potential hazards of their indolence are suggested by a goat’s skull symbolizing death (affixed to a tree above them) and by the switch carried by their father.
Oil on canvas
29 1/16 x 36 1/8 in. (73.8 x 91.7 cm)
frame: 44 1/16 x 51 1/8 x 5 3/4 in. (111.9 x 129.9 x 14.6 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "Wm. S. MONNT [sic] / 1848"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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William Sidney Mount (American, 1807-1868). Caught Napping (Boys Caught Napping in a Field), 1848. Oil on canvas, 29 1/16 x 36 1/8 in. (73.8 x 91.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 39.608 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.608_SL1.jpg)
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