The stages between childhood and adulthood were the least likely to be captured in American folk portraiture of the nineteenth century. This nearly life-size portrait shows a young boy poised just on the edge of childhood. The cornucopia-shape vase overflowing with flowers symbolizes the fruitful life ahead, while the crop in his hand hints at the man he will become.
Stacy C. Hollander, "Young Man with Riding Crop," exhibition label for ALSO ON VIEW: Selections from the Collection. Stacy C. Hollander, curator. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2014.