William Tylee Ranney
Born 1813, Middletown, Connecticut
Hoboken, New Jersey
William Sidney Mount
Born 1807, Setauket, New York
Died 1868, Setauket, New York
The Pipe of Friendship, 1857–59
Oil on canvas
Gift of Dr. J. Ackerman Coles, 1920
is this 19th-century folk sculpture layed with 20th-century art?
This painting shows a chance meeting of frontiersmen, who bond by sharing a pipe. It was designed to sell to Eastern businessmen who appreciated it as a symbol of American independence and masculinity as well as westward expansion. Although he went west only once, Ranney dedicated himself to painting frontier subjects, painted in his Hoboken studio. The Pipe of Friendship was completed upon Ranney’s death by the celebrated genre painter William Sidney Mount.