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John Jay Barber
American, 1839–1910
Cows Beside a Stream.
Oil on canvas
Bequest of Rachel Higgins and Helen Hemmick 1982.15029

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Would it surprise you that dairy farming was so important in the lives of many nineteenth-century Ohioans that the Western Reserve region was referred to as “Cheesedom?” For Sandusky, Ohio-native John Jay Barber, who specialized in this genre, dairy cattle were a common and admired feature of the Ohio landscape.

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