Untitled Document
The Kitten - Thomas Waterman Wood
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Thomas Waterman Wood
"The Kitten" , 1873
Oil on canvas
10 1/16 x 8 1/16 inches
Signed and dated lower left: T.W. Wood 1873
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Mortimer Smith (June 14, 1873)
Raydon Gallery, New York, NY
Private Collection, NY

The present work is to be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Thomas Waterman Wood being prepared by Paul Worman.

Wood enjoyed great popularity in the late 19th century for his urban and rural genre scenes. His frequent depiction of African Americans after the Civil War distinguishes his work from other genre painters. This painting is a typical example of Wood’s work, showing an African American man in a dignified light as he makes a gift of a little kitten to two young children. While this work is certainly not without historical and sociological significance, The Kitten also demonstrates Wood’s mastery of draftsmanship, composition and light. The great demand for genre paintings like this made Wood one of the most financially successful artists of his era.