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Crutch Is Sled and Nothing's Twisted in The Cider Mill

Jonathan D. Adams, MD
JAMA. 1991;265(2):213-214. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460020067025.
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To the Editor. —  I am an utter philistine in the field of art criticism, so it is with great hesitancy that I offer some alternative views on the painting The Cider Mill by John George Brown on the cover of the August 22/29 issue of JAMA.1 All five of the girls are sitting on what appears to be a sled. The sled is stored off the ground on planks to reduce rusting of the metal runners. I do not think that there is a crutch in the painting as Dr Southgate indicates, but rather the drawbar for the sled. The end of the drawbar is not visible, but I would surmise that it has a T-handle to be pulled by an adult. One does not see in the painting a double drawbar to which a horse would be attached. The sled is, of course, a means of transportation


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