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Record 109/116
Copyright New York State Historical Association and/or The Farmers' Museum, Inc.
Object ID N0422.1955
Title Leatherstocking Meets The Law
Artist Quidor, John
Object Name Painting
Early Date 1832-05-27
Exhibit label line3 John Quidor was one of a few early American artists to attempt humor in his artwork. "Leatherstocking Meets the Law" is based on a scene from Cooper's novel, "The Pioneers." It depicts the comical incident in which Hiram Doolittle attempts to inspect Leatherstocking's hut for gold. Quidor shows Doolittle's sprawling form, heaved from the threshold by Leatherstocking, while Jotham Riddle flees and Billy Kirby falls into gales of laughter. The episode eventually leads to Leatherstocking's unjust imprisonment.
Description Marks: Front center back written in black: "J. Quidor/May 27, 1832" Paper label top left reverse on frame: "John Quidor/American/ 1801-1881..." Written in white on side of frame "?440-1."
Classification Academic Art--Painting/Drawing--Scene--Genre
Dimensions H-28 W-34 inches
Material Oil on canvas

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Last modified on: November 04, 2005