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The Sick Child

1893 J. Bond Francisco Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1863 Died: Los Angeles, California 1931 oil on canvas 32 x 48 in. (81.3 x 121.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum Purchase 1991.9 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 29A


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The Sick Child

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In The Sick Child the green walls and pale sheets emphasize the boy's flushed skin, and although his eyes are closed, he does not appear to rest comfortably. The silk clown dangling upside down by one leg from the boy's hand appears about to fall, as if the child himself has only a weak grip on life. J. Bond Francisco exhibited this painting at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the image was widely reproduced and hung on the walls of doctors' offices and hospitals. (Broun, "Director's Choice: The Sick Child," SAAM Web site)

Keywords

Architecture Interior - domestic - bedroom

Figure group - female and child

Object - furniture - bed

Object - toy - doll

Occupation - domestic - sewing

State of being - illness

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About J. Bond Francisco

Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1863 Died: Los Angeles, California 1931

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