National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Rocking Horse Rocking Horse
Rendered by Mina Lowry (artist), c. 1940
watercolor, graphite, and gouache on paperboard
overall: 33.5 x 56.7 cm (13 3/16 x 22 5/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 37 1/4" long; 11 3/4" wide; 16" high
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Toys from the Index of American Design
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The rocking horse, or hobbyhorse, has survived in many versions. This nineteenth-century example is made of pine painted with oil colors. The two parallel rockers are each cut in profile from a single piece of wood. The actual form of the horse is incidental in this case: a horse's head and neck, cut in profile, are attached to the forward end of the rocker. The harness and ears are leather and fastened on with tacks. This rocking horse is essentially a low-back Windsor chair with splayed legs fastened to a rocking platform; since the chair is more complex than the horse, it is possible that the craftsman was a chair maker by trade.

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