Bar-room Scene

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1835

Artist:

William Sidney Mount
American, 1807–1868

About this artwork

William Sidney Mount’s scenes of everyday life provide insight into the complex social and racial divisions of antebellum America. The central figure in this tavern is a homeless wanderer who literally dances along a line in the floorboards and, as a result, walks a symbolic line between class and race. The color of his skin unites him with the more prosperous men who urge on his drunken revelry, but his poverty makes him an outcast like the African American man in the shadows, who smiles and looks on but is not an integral part of the group.

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American Art

Artist

William Sidney Mount

Title

Bar-room Scene

Origin

Long Island

Date

1835

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "W. S. Mount/1835"

Dimensions

57.4 × 69.7 cm (22 5/8 × 27 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

The William Owen Goodman and Erna Sawyer Goodman Collection

Reference Number

1939.392

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