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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 16:28

Folk Art: Silent Companions

Dummy board of a woman peeling apples. Dummy board of a woman peeling apples. Courtesy of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; Maps and Prints Storage (1989.0002) via InCollect.

It is 1777 and the British Army has just occupied Philadelphia. You are visiting friends outside of the city. You arrive in the black of night. The front door opens and you are expecting to enter a warm home of like-minded patriots. Instead, you see a figure in a brightly colored red uniform casting an ominous shadow in the candle-lit entrance. You turn and run, thinking the Redcoats have reached this safe haven. Only later do you discover you were surprised by a painted wooden object. This is a trick that...

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