The young kept busy in late 19th Century New England farm life

  Right, "Young Farmers (Study for Weaning the Calf)''    (oil on canvas), painted in 1873-74, and, left, "Returning from the Spring'' (oil on panel),  painted in 1874, both by Winslow Homer (1836-1910), at the Portland Museum of Art.

Right, "Young Farmers (Study for Weaning the Calf)''  (oil on canvas), painted in 1873-74, and, left, "Returning from the Spring'' (oil on panel),  painted in 1874, both by Winslow Homer (1836-1910), at the Portland Museum of Art.

Winslow Homer (United States, 1836–1910), Young Farmers (Study for Weaning the Calf), 1873–74, oil on canvas, 13 5/8 x 11 1/2 inches.
Winslow Homer (United States, 1836 - 1910), Returning from the Spring, 1874, oil on panel, 7 7 /8 x 5 3/4 inches