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Drawing, Series of Botanical Studies including an Alligator and a Monstrous Tree, seen from the Rio Magdalena, Colombia, 1853

This is a Drawing. It was created by Frederic Edwin Church. It is dated 1853 and we acquired it in 1917. Its medium is graphite on gray wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was donated by Louis P. Church. It is credited Gift of Louis P. Church.

Its dimensions are

Sheet: 21.5 x 28.1 cm (8 7/16 x 11 1/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, at upper right: Monstrous / tree; at center of upper left: Alligator; again: like; at center right: Light feathery foliage in masses/very scattered but englobing the /whole tree. These scattered/masses allow the ramification/ of the branches to be seen distinctly/ [In the heart - struck out] at the joining; at right: Chocolate and cream/color'd bark mixed; again at lower left: Palma Guiniensis/Tagua Palm/oil palm/This part/of the /trunk more/grey; and at lower right: Masses de-/termined distinctly/ [sharply - struck out] by a rich edging of/yellowish green

Cite this object as

Drawing, Series of Botanical Studies including an Alligator and a Monstrous Tree, seen from the Rio Magdalena, Colombia, 1853; Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900); Colombia; graphite on gray wove paper; Sheet: 21.5 x 28.1 cm (8 7/16 x 11 1/16 in.); Gift of Louis P. Church; 1917-4-132

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