American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America

July 1, 2006 – September 17, 2006

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, Special Exhibition Galleries Floor Plan

This exhibition explores images of children and their relationship to the American quest for national identity during the 19th century and investigates the connection between American ideas about children and the ideals and issues that defined the nation as it matured. Included are some 60 paintings by Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Eastman Johnson, and others, along with prints, photographs, illustrated schoolbooks, and other objects. On view at this venue only are paintings by George Catlin and several sculptures, including works by Thomas Crawford, Harriet Hosmer, William Henry Rinehart, and others. A re-creation of a 19th-century schoolroom is also be included.

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