The Leedom Farm, by Edward Hicks, 1849.
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<i>The Leedom Farm</i>, by Edward Hicks. The view's vast luminous sky and orderly arrangement of livestock in the foreground seem to recapture the vision of harmonious life so important to Hicks and other Quakers.

Credit: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Va.

In the 1830s and 1840s, Quaker lay minister Edward Hicks completed a series of idealized paintings of the bounty and orderliness of the farms of southeastern Pennsylvania. In this 1849 painting of the Leedom farm in Bucks County, Hicks pictured livestock that would have been the envy of farmers elsewhere in the United States.

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