The Plantation
Original Author: Unknown
Created: ca. 1825
Medium: Oil on wood

The Plantation

This early nineteenth-century folk painting, titled The Plantation, depicts a grand plantation mansion atop a hill and various outbuildings that lead down to the water. At the base of the hill is a large sailing ship that moves crops and supplies to and from the plantation. A small figure at lower right is fishing; on the hill to the right of him is a watermill next to a building where grain is probably being milled. Lush vegetation frames the scene. The unknown artist may not have based this symmetrical scene on a particular location. Curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the owner of the painting, speculate that since "the artist’s technique seems to simulate the stitches of embroidery, he or she may have based the painting on a needlework design."

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