American Folk Art

Peaceable Kingdom, 1825 - 1830. Edward Hicks, 1780-1849. Gift of Stephen C. Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.
Star of Bethlehem pattern Quilt, Ca. 1820. Member of the Owen Family. Museum Purchase. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.

NYSHA's folk art collection is one of the nation's largest and finest. Begun with extensive gifts from Stephen C. Clark, the collection includes a variety of paintings, ship figureheads, quilts, weathervanes, trade signs, cigar-store figures, carvings, and decorated stoneware, all created by American folk artists. The oldest piece in the collection, a seven-foot-long panel on which Hudson River Valley painter John Heaton depicted the Martin Van Bergen farmstead in 1733, is considered to be among the first landscapes ever painted in this country.

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