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Hobby Horse | NGA

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The Hobby Horse (c. 1840) by Deacon Robert Peckham is one of the most beloved American paintings in the collection of the National Gallery of Art. Use the free Deacon Peckham’s “Hobby Horse” iPad app to explore an exhibition that brings together nine of Peckham’s charming children’s portraits along with an exquisite 19th-century rocking horse similar to the one in the painting.

Browse crisp, high-resolution color reproductions of the works in the exhibition. Learn more about Peckham, his career as a self-taught artist, and Massachusetts history from the 1800s through the essay and entries with clickable notes and interactive rollover glossary and images, a timeline of the artist's life and works of art, and more.