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The boy lifts his chin to gaze into the distance as if in a dream. His wistful expression would suggest that it’s not the triumph of catching the mouse he’s dreaming of, but something – or someone – nearer to his heart and yet far away. The implication is that if you are trapped by love, you are lost in dreams and unaware of the world around you. The correct place for love was thought to be in marriage.
A Boy with a Mousetrap
Oil on oak
H 19.2 x W 13.3 cm
Bequeathed by Henry L. Florence, 1916