Edmonds is one of the few known nineteenth-century American painters who pursued dual careers in art and business, thus becoming an influential figure in the interrelated spheres of banking, politics and culture in New York. He was a regular contributor to exhibitions at the National Academy of Design and also made a name for himself for folk genre scenes inspired by the 17th century Dutch tradition. This scene depicts a seasonal activity on a mid-19th century American farm in which two white men pluck turkeys for the Christmas feast, unperturbed by the winter cold while a younger black figure stands between them and warms their hands.
Project: 11. Science and culture as representation in Europe., 4. Family, daily life and social inequality in Europe.
Scope: Secondary education, Baccalaureate, University
Resource type: Image
Format: Oil on canvas (58.4 x 83.8 cm)
Source: Museo Metropolitano de Nueva York (Nueva York)
Owner: Álvaro Romero González (Modernalia)
Copyright: Museo Metropolitano de Nueva York (Nueva York)
Abstract: Everyday scene plucking a turkey for Christmas dinner in 19th century AmericaImage