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Drawing, Icebergs, Twillingate

This is a Drawing. It was created by Frederic Edwin Church. It is dated July 4, 1859 and we acquired it in 1917. Its medium is brush and oil paint, graphite on paperboard. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Church would spend anywhere from a few minutes to several hours sketching each iceberg, studying the form from different vantage points. After first sketching the outline of each iceberg in pencil, Church moved on to color studies using oil paint. In the sketch at left, the artist documented an iceberg breaking apart during his voyage to Battle Harbour, near Cape St.Lewis. Below, an earlier sketch recorded a different iceberg revolving after an avalanche.

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

Its dimensions are

30.4 × 45.8 cm (11 15/16 × 18 1/16 in.) Mat: 55.9 × 71.1 cm (22 × 28 in.)

It is inscribed

Verso: Inscribed in graphite: Tonillinquet, 4th July 59 [Twillingate]

Cite this object as

Drawing, Icebergs, Twillingate; Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900); USA; brush and oil paint, graphite on paperboard; 30.4 × 45.8 cm (11 15/16 × 18 1/16 in.) Mat: 55.9 × 71.1 cm (22 × 28 in.); Gift of Louis P. Church; 1917-4-294-a

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition After Icebergs.

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