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The Cover
November 17, 2004

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The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(19):2313. doi:10.1001/jama.292.19.2313

Whenever 19th-century American art is discussed, certain names come immediately to mind: Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, George Inness, and Winslow Homer. But at the same time there were other artists at work, sometimes alone, sometimes in neighborly groups. Most often women, it was they who were adding beauty to the utilitarian objects of daily life, exercising a creative faculty and artistic skill whose influence remains even today. Of all artists, they are the most prolific. Their name is Anonymous. Their handiwork is the DNA of American culture.

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