Museum Educator Ellen Westkaemper shares, "in the seven years I've worked at the GCMA, I have discussed this painting with visitors countless times, both children and adults. No one has ever known the definition of the word 'coffle.' I wait until we've discussed the painting in depth before revealing that information, and then I invite further reflection." Spend some time really looking at this image before you look up the word, and then consider Hirschberg's narrative.
Carl Hirschberg (1854-1923)
"A Coffle on the Natchez Trace"
oil on canvas