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What is this?

The Parthenon viewed at night from the south is lit aritificially from within the structure by fireworks.

Why is this in our collection?

Church was on the Acropolis when a pyrotechnical display was staged for the king and queen of Greece. In this oil sketch, Church captures a dramatic moment when the fireworks reflect on the Parthenon.
The museum holds the largest collection of Frederic E. Church objects in the world. Donated by the artist’s son, Louis P. Church, the gift was solicited by Charles W. Gould, a museum trustee, and by the painter Elliot Clark, who acted as an agent for the Hewitt sisters. The Parthenon oil sketch on display was likely painted in the studio after a quick graphite study that Church executed (with color notations) while observing the fireworks display. The black and white sketch is also included in the Church collection.

This is a oil sketch from United States. It is dated April 1869 and we acquired it in 1917. Gift of Louis P. Church.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 205 as part of Hewitt Sisters Collect.

Its medium is

brush and oil paint, black chalk on thin cream paperboard

Its dimensions are

H x W: 32.9 × 41.4 cm (12 15/16 × 16 5/16 in.) Mat: 40.6 × 55.9 cm (16 × 22 in.)

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