The Old Oaken Bucket

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The Old Oaken Bucket




Moses, Anna Mary Robertson (Grandma)

Physical Dimensions

Height: 25 Width: 31 Framed: H: 29 x W: 35




THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET, 1943 mixed media on board. As a hired girl for Mrs. David Burch, Moses was told that the farm well was the well from which the song, "The Old Oaken Bucket" was inspired. A relative of Mrs. Burch, Paul Dennis, fell in love with a neighbor's daughter. Her parents objected to the relationship. The relationship languished and Dennis went to sea for several years. While away, he wrote the poem and upon returning home gave the poem to a printer. Samuel Woodworth published the poem as his own in 1817 and Dennis was never credited. In 1941, this painting won a New York State prize at the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts (now the Everson Museum of Art). In her desire to satisfy her patrons, Moses repeated the subject many times, but no two paintings were the same. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.

Original Format



Hoosick Falls, NY

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