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A small wooden box is displayed with its hinged top and side panel open to reveal a painted panel stored within. The panel shows a pastoral scene with mounded piles of hay and a golden-coloured field. In the distance, two houses sit next to a stand of trees. The sky is heavy with grey clouds except for a small patch of blue that peeks through. Small daubs of paint appear on the inner edge of the box and on the open surfaces of the top of side panel.

Ethel Ogden

Mahogany paint box
23 x 15 x 4.5 cm
Collection of the Owens Art Gallery

Gift of Gerda R. Parlee, Joanna Parlee and Susannah Parlee

In her book For the Time Being, Annie Dillard marveled at having so many artistic depictions of weather. “We possess records,” she says, “like gravestones, of individual clouds and the dates on which they flourished.”

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