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William Sidney Mount (artist) 
California News 
1850 
  
Oil painting on canvas 
Library of the Boston Athenaeum 
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LL/80193 
  
19th-Century Themes, Some Resonant Today - William Sidney Mount Exhibition Is at the Long Island Museum (Accessed: 12 February 2018)
Aileen Jacobsoon, 23 March 2012
One of Mount’s paintings contains an easily missed reference to greed. His 1850 “California News” shows a crowd gathered in a room (probably the Stony Brook post office) listening raptly as one man reads from a newspaper about the gold rush. The wall text directs the viewer to a picture of pigs hung above a door, noting that it was “probably Mount’s comment on those who rushed to California to make their fortunes.”
 
 

 
  
 
  
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