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Folk Art Painting of Draft Horse

Maddie Baker

San Francisco, CA

Circa 1900

Oil on board

22″ H; 27.5″ W


This charming folk art image of a draft horse is unusual because it was painted by a female artist (signed lower left).  It was done on a Frost & Adams “Academy Board”.  Frost & Adams, est. 1869, was an artists’ supply firm in Boston, MA.  By the 1880s, Frost & Adams were the chief dealers in artists’ materials in New England.  I wonder how it made it all the way out to San Francisco.


WHY WE LOVE IT: This painting is just charming.  Unfortunately, little is known about this talented female artist but her wonderful interpretation of a draft horse in a beautiful landscape is everlasting.