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Drawing, Floating Icebergs, July 5 and 6, 1859

This is a Drawing. It was created by Frederic Edwin Church. It is dated July 5 and 6, 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 donated by Louis P. Church. It is credited Gift of Louis P. Church.

Its dimensions are

11.5 × 20.5 cm (4 1/2 × 8 1/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamp in black ink, center left (Lugt 457c): Museum for the Arts of Decoration Cooper Union; partial watermark: NOT

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, below iceberg at upper left: July 5th.; below iceberg at upper right: July 6th.

Cite this object as

Drawing, Floating Icebergs, July 5 and 6, 1859; Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900); USA; graphite, brush and white gouache on light brown paper; 11.5 × 20.5 cm (4 1/2 × 8 1/16 in.); Gift of Louis P. Church; 1917-4-277-c

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