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The Sleigh Ride

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In "The Sleigh Ride," a young girl sits on a sled harnessed to a dog in imitation of an adult's horse and sleigh. A boy, probably her brother, hands her a stick which she pretends is a horsewhip. Like children of today, youngsters of the mid-nineteenth century often played by mimicking adult...

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The artist; Mrs. P.H.B. Frelinghuysen, Manchester, Vermont; with Victor Spark, New York, 1946; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1947; to MFA, 1948, gift of Maxim Karolik.

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Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

about 1845


63.5 x 86.36 cm (25 x 34 in.)

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Oil on canvas