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The Raffle (Raffling for the Goose)  1837

by William Sidney Mount

America’s most successful painter of narrative scenes, Mount chose as his subjects various aspects of rural life in the flat Long Island landscape around Stony Brook, New York, where he lived. He managed to transcend the manifest content of his pictures to address the social and political realities of the time. "The Raffle (Raffling for the Goose)," showing an impromptu lo...
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art