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Southerners at Play
The paintings in Southerners at Play illustrate some of the ways in which Southerners have traditionally spent their leisure time. Augusta Oelschig’s Play Ball, Frank Lloyd’s Playing Marbles, and John Martin Tracy’s A Field Trial-On the Point show them as active participants in a variety of enjoyable pastimes. Other paintings—most notably, Robert Grafton and Louis Griffith’s depiction of a 1917 horse race in New Orleans—emphasize the spectators as much as the participants. These paintings are about more than recreation, however. They also illustrate economic status and the emergence of the middle class, the nature of American culture and the way it travels, and the role that the land plays. While it is clear that quail hunting, for example, is not available to everyone in the same way that shooting marbles is, it also is clear that there are equalizing pastimes, such as a pleasant day spent at the beach.

 
Nye The Bathers
Edgar Nye, The Bathers, undated. Oil on canvas, 31 x 36 inches.
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