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  Van Bergen overmantel
 
Van Bergen overmantel
Attributed to John Heaten (active 1730-1750)
Leeds, New York, 1730-1745
Oil on wood
New York State Historical Association

It has been claimed, and rightly so, that no other single artifact offers more information about life in colonial New York. Here African, Native American, and European people populate the landscape. Dutch-style structures include a New World Dutch barn, hay barracks, and a farmhouse with parapet gables and a pan-tiled roof. The farm cart is also Northern European in design.

 

 
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