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On View Barbara Weld Putnam Gallery, level 1

Object description

  • George Ropes Jr. (American, 1788-1819)
  • Salem Common on Training Day, 1808
  • Oil on canvas
  • Salem, Massachusetts, United States
  • image H: 35 in, image W: 52 3/4 in (image H: 88.9 cm, image W: 134.0 cm)
  • Museum purchase, 1919
  • 107924


signed in the lower right corner of the painting, "G. Ropes/ 1808."


This is an oil painting showing Salem Common on Training Day. In the painting, a dirt path goes around a park. Many people walk along the path and merchants sell their wares from open carts. The common is bordered by large trees. Soldiers train on the common itself.

Exhibition History

  • America Eats: Folk Art and Food, American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY.; December 07, 1989 through February 04, 1990
  • All for One & One for All!: Uniforms in Fact and Fantasy, American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA.; January 26, 2002 through May 27, 2002
  • The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME.; May 15, 1964 through September 06, 1964
  • Ellis Memorial Antiques Show, Ellis Memorial, Boston, MA.; October 30, 1962 through November 03, 1962
  • Odyssey: A Journey into World Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; October 16, 1999 through January 11, 2001
  • In the American Spirit: Folk Art from the Collections, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia; March 25, 1996 through September 27, 1996