Carpenter Gothic

The couple in American Gothic are intended to represent a father and daughter, not husband and wife. The models were the painter’s sister, Nan, and their dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby.

3. Stair code? What’s a stair code?

The actual window is a bit wider than the version in Wood’s painting. He also took the liberty of significantly elongating his sister’s neck.

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