Drawing, Iceberg with Strange Resemblance to a House, July 2, 1859
This is a Drawing. It was created by Frederic Edwin Church. It is dated July 2, 1859 and we acquired it in 1917. Its medium is graphite, brush and white gouache on light brown paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
In the far North, Church encountered a landscape of water and ice. His sketches reveal a fascination with the varied forms of icebergs, shaped by the elements. Waves, currents, sunshine, and storms acted on each iceberg to produce unique surface patterns. Some icebergs revealed fresh fractures, sharply cut like broken porcelain. Others were rounded and polished by the weather.
This object was
Louis P. Church.
It is credited
Gift of Louis P. Church.
Its dimensions are
11.4 x 21.0 cm (4 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. )
It has the following markings
Stamp in black ink, lower left (Lugt 457c): Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration
It is inscribed
Inscribed in graphite, upper left: Land; lower left: Ice berg - enormous size / 3 1/2 miles distant / strange resemblance to a house.; upper right: July 2d / 59; right center: Ice bergs
Cite this object as
Drawing, Iceberg with Strange Resemblance to a House, July 2, 1859; Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900); USA; graphite, brush and white gouache on light brown paper; 11.4 x 21.0 cm (4 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. ); Gift of Louis P. Church; 1917-4-273-a