The Sick Child

images for The Sick Child
Topic
Figure group\female and child
Occupation\domestic\sewing
State of being\illness
Object\toy\doll
Architecture Interior\domestic\bedroom
Object\furniture\bed
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Artist
J. Bond Francisco, born Cincinnati, OH 1863-died Los Angeles, CA 1931
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum Purchase
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
32 x 48 in. (81.3 x 121.8 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 29A
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Date
1893
Description
In The Sick Child the green walls and pale sheets emphasize the boy's flushed skin, and although his eyes are closed, he does not appear to rest comfortably. The silk clown dangling upside down by one leg from the boy's hand appears about to fall, as if the child himself has only a weak grip on life. J. Bond Francisco exhibited this painting at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the image was widely reproduced and hung on the walls of doctors' offices and hospitals. (Broun, "Director's Choice: The Sick Child," SAAM Web site)
Type
Painting
Object number
1991.9