National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Rocking Horse Rocking Horse
Rendered by Mina Lowry (artist), c. 1941
watercolor and graphite on paperboard
overall: 39 x 58.2 cm (15 3/8 x 22 15/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 21 1/4" high; 42" long; 9 1/4" wide
Index of American Design
1943.8.15735
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From the Tour: Toys from the Index of American Design
Object 2 of 26

A true rocking horse, this piece is primitive in construction, yet its design is vigorous and spirited. The stylized, round body is actually a single wooden log, while the head and neck are carved from another single block. the flat, stick legs are mortised into the underside of the body. The horse is mounted on a pair of rockers. This rocking horse was made between 1853 and 1856 by Benjamin P. Crandall of New York City; his name appears on the under surface of the horse. Like many other toy makers, Crandall did not produce toys exclusively and was listed also as a carpenter and maker of wagons, carriages, and perambulators.

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