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This Little Pig Went to Market

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

c. 1857

Artist:

Lilly Martin Spencer
American, born England, 1822–1902

About this artwork

Lilly Martin Spencer positioned women at the center of her vivid portrayals of the everyday activities of white, urban, middle-class households like her own. This Little Pig Went to Market features a mother and child (modeled by the artist and her son William Henry) playing a nursery rhyme—a game celebrating their emotional bond while also hinting at the larger world that the boy will eventually join. Establishing herself professionally in Cincinnati and relocating to New York in 1848, Spencer supported her large family with her art. One of the most popular US artists of the mid-19th century, she nevertheless worked hard throughout her career to translate success into financial security.

Status

On View, Gallery 160

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Lilly Martin Spencer

Title

This Little Pig Went to Market

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

c. 1857

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower left: L. M. Spencer / pinx

Dimensions

61 × 50.8 cm (24 × 20 in.)

Credit Line

Roger and J. Peter McCormick Endowment Fund; through prior gifts of the George F. Harding Collection and the Chicago Normal School Alumni

Reference Number

2021.1

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