Born 1827, New York, New York
Died 1889, Saratoga Springs,
Yankee Peddler, 1858
Oil on canvas
Gift of William F. Laporte, 1925
The Yankee peddler was a popular American type in art and literature. Before the 1830s, most peddlers came from New England (hence the term “Yankee”) and served an important economic function by distributing manufactured urban products to rural areas. By the 1850s, Yankee peddlers were obsolete, making this image a nostalgic view of country life. Like peddlers, country artists were itinerant, traveling throughout the countryside selling their wares.