"Horace Burdick’s Haying in Wartime is a simple piece which captures the rural experience of those left behind during the Spanish-American War. I like this piece because it illustrates a part of the past that would typically be overlooked in any broad review of American history." - Cassaundra N. Fraley, Preparator
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Burdick painted many still lifes and portraits and remained closely tied to the genre tradition throughout his career. Haying in Wartime is typical of Burdick’s local genre scenes employing patriotic subject matter. Likely dating to the summer of 1898 when America was at war with the Kingdom of Spain, this piece shows the women and elderly men of a rural community as they bring in a cutting of hay in the absence of the town’s soldiers.
Private collection, Leominster, Massachusetts, 2002
To private collection, Boston, Massachusetts
With Vose Galleries, inventory #34933, 2007
To private collection, South Barrington, Illinois, 2007
By descent to private collection, Concord, Massachusetts to present
1). BOSTON ART CLUB / TITLE Haying in Wartime / ARTIST H.R. Burdick / PRICE 100.00 / ADDRESS 16 Park Ave. / MALDEN. MASS.
2). Previous Vose Galleries label, Inv #34933