The Raffle (Raffling for the Goose)

William Sidney Mount American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 758

America’s most successful mid-nineteenth-century painter of narrative scenes, Mount depicted various aspects of his rural Long Island life around Stony Brook, New York. His seemingly simple, good-natured subjects also address complex social and political issues of the time. For example, the impromptu lottery of The Raffle (Raffling for the Goose) has been interpreted as an allusion to the widespread food shortages brought on by the country’s financial panic of 1837.

The Raffle (Raffling for the Goose), William Sidney Mount (American, Setauket, New York 1807–1868 Setauket, New York), Oil on mahogany, American

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