Residence of Mr. E. R. Jones

Residence of Mr. E. R. Jones
To the attentive eye, this painting can reveal a good deal about life in rural, late 19th-century America. Moreover, it suggests aspects of the personality of the artist himself. This work conveys a direct feeling of a peacefulness and relaxed way of life very often alien to the 20th-century mind. The neatness and orderliness of the farm indicates that we are viewing a period in rural American history that has a correspondingly simple and well-ordered outlook on life. The way in which the fences divide the land into clear cut areas, also may be connected to a way of looking at life through clear-cut, but related categories. The farm itself belonged to E.R. Jones as indicated in the inscription, and it appears to have been a fairly prosperous farm. The house is not elegant, but is pleasant and fairly stylish. Travel in this area was probably primarily by horse as is indicated by the number of harnessed horses in this picture. Neither the horses, nor the other animals, such as the cows shown here, had much freedom to wander about the farm because of the many restrictive fences. This great number of fences seems to indicate a tradition of fencing off the property into several areas. The house is noticeably set apart from the other buildings by fencing. One can see from this painting, that the layout of this farm was not a traditional layout, but rather a scattering of buildings. The buildings of the farm seem to be primarily clapboard, although the house and barn have stone bottoms, and they probably indicate the general style of farm buildings in this region in the latter half of the 19th century. The Jones' themselves had a good deal of pride in their farm, as is indicated in having such a painting done of it, and which could point to a general feeling at the time that farming was an honorable and comfortable way of life.
Physical dimensions: 
depth 2.25 in ; height 25.75 in ; width 31.75 in