William Sidney Mount and John Quidor illustrated nationalism through their paintings, which depicted American culture, American folktales, American literature and American historical or political moments. Mount was asked to study abroad many times but always chose to stay home due to his pride in his country.
The two painters focused their paintings on the events that were taking place and thereby captured many historical moments. They were also primarily known for painting with oil on canvas. A famous Quidor painting is called The Return of Rip Van Winkle, and it focuses on the American tale of Rip Van Winkle. A famous Mount painting is called Cider Making, and it illustrates a rural home where people are busy making cider.