Winter Scene in Brooklyn
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830
From his studio on Front Street, now the Brooklyn neighborhood known as Dumbo, the painter Francis Guy observed his neighbors on a snowy day two centuries ago. They can be seen here engaged in such activities as getting a drink from a hand pump well, feeding chickens, and socializing. Guy represented the diversity of his Brooklyn neighborhood, portraying a range of classes (from manual laborers to merchants) and including a large concentration of Brooklyn’s free African American population.
Oil on canvas
58 3/8 x 74 9/16 in. (148.2 x 189.4 cm)
frame: 69 3/4 x 85 x 5 in. (177.2 x 215.9 x 12.7 cm) (show scale)
Inscribed on sign on fence: "To be Seen / A View / [illegible] / Brookyn / By / Guy / [illegible]"
Transferred from the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences to the Brooklyn Museum
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Francis Guy (American, 1760-1820). Winter Scene in Brooklyn, ca. 1819-1820. Oil on canvas, 58 3/8 x 74 9/16 in. (148.2 x 189.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Transferred from the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences to the Brooklyn Museum, 97.13 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 97.13_colorcorrected_SL1.jpg)
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