Mount's Dance of the Haymakers is a joyous celebration of country life and community. Music and dance had remained active forces in Mount's life, and the artist frequently attended concerts and dances as well as playing the violin himself. Here, the two dancers are celebrating the end of the harvest by having a dance competition that measures both skill and stamina. They are being encouraged by the others in attendance to continue dancing.


  • Title: Dance of the Haymakers (Music is Contagious)
  • Creator: William Sidney Mount
  • Date Created: 1845
  • Location: Long Island, New York, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 24"h x 29 3/4"w
  • Provenance: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Melville, 1950
  • Subject Keywords: Long Island, Long Island artist, genre painting, William Sidney Mount, music, dance, community, dance competition, violin, musical instruments, concert, country life, oil painting, American artist
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas mounted on wood

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