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Drawing, Floating Iceberg

This is a drawing. It was created by Frederic Edwin Church. It is dated June or July 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.

For Church and Noble, the icebergs’ reflection of “every condition of atmosphere, and every amount of light and shadow” inspired awe. Sunset was a particularly dramatic opportunity that both Church and Noble relished. Noble writes, “If you would behold perfect brilliancy, gaze at the crest of an iceberg cutting sharply into [the] red heavens.” Eager to create opportunities to observe icebergs under different lighting conditions, Church and his companions once launched a flaming tar barrel over the side of their rowboat to illuminate an iceberg after dark.

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

Its dimensions are

18.9 × 37.5 cm (7 7/16 × 14 3/4 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in pen and ink, verso: Iceberg / $200 / by F.E. Church

Cite this object as

Drawing, Floating Iceberg; Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900); USA; brush and oil paint, graphite on paperboard; 18.9 × 37.5 cm (7 7/16 × 14 3/4 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.); Gift of Louis P. Church; 1917-4-296-a

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

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