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Robert Peckham's "The Hobby Horse"

The Hobby Horse

Robert Peckham, The Hobby Horse, c. 1840, Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1955.11.23

One of the most intriguing and often-reproduced American paintings in the collection of the National Gallery of Art—Deacon Robert Peckham's The Hobby Horse (c. 1840)—was the inspiration for the focus exhibition Deacon Peckham's "Hobby Horse," previously on view at the Gallery from May 27 through October 8, 2012. The show featured nine children's portraits created for patrons among a newly thriving class of Massachusetts merchants and manufacturers in the mid-1800s. Peckham's paintings were displayed along with a hide-covered rocking horse similar to the one depicted in The Hobby Horse. This in-depth study features an illustrated essay and chronology that originally appeared in the exhibition's educational brochure.

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