The Leedom Farm, by Edward Hicks, 1849.
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Sprawling farmland lies in the background of this beautiful oil on canvas painting. Animals are in the foreground. On the left hand side, a white path extends from the farm house.

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 of Bucks County, Hicks pictured livestock that would have been the envy of farmers elsewhere in the United States.

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