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Title The Berry Boy
Object ID GWVS-1.23.13
Description J.G. Brown began his highly successful career as a genre painter about 1860, and within a few years found his niche specializing in painting images of children. Depictions of the young were especially popular after the Civil War as the public regarded children as symbols of the country's lost innocence and of the nation's future hope. Created during this climate of nostalgia, The Berry Boy envisions a carefree country boy radiating health and energy.

George Walter Vincent Smith met J.G. Brown when they both lived in New York City. By 1867, Smith had purchased four paintings by the artist and by the time of his last purchase in 1922, he owned 15 paintings by Brown. Smith probably purchased The Berry Boy directly from the artist in 1891.
Artist BROWN, John George
Publisher's Seal x
Country American
Date circa 1877
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions H-23 W-15 inches
Credit line George Walter Vincent Smith Collection
On Exhibit Yes, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, American Paintings Salon