Study for Facing the Enemy (from McGuire Scrapbook)
Francis William Edmonds American
Not on view
The present work, inscribed by the artist “Facing the Enemy,” is a study for the painting of the same title (Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia) that Edmonds exhibited in New York at the National Academy of Design in 1845. Both the drawing and the painting portray a carpenter in his shop, seated precariously tilted back on a side chair as he contemplates a decanter of spirits on the windowsill before him. The painting was engraved and distributed with a sermonizing circular by the Temperance Society in 1847, in the heat of the mid-nineteenth-century sobriety movement.
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