This was one of William Sidney Mount’s first genre paintings which helped to establish his reputation as a young artist on the rise in the early 1830s. Mount used a shed on his property in Stony Brook as a model for the structure which frames the young boys in a scrum. In 1831, he displayed it at the National Academy of Design. A critic from the New York Mirror wrote that it was “a humorous delineation, and eminently successful.”


  • Title: School Boys Quarreling
  • Creator: William Sidney Mount
  • Date Created: 1830
  • Location: Stony Brook, Long Island, New York, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 20 1/4"h x 25"w
  • Provenance: Museum Purchase, 1984. Purchase made possible by earlier gift of Mr. & Mrs. Ward Melville
  • Subject Keywords: Long Island, Long Island artist, genre painting, William Sidney Mount, National Academy of Design, oil painting, American artist, Stony Brook
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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