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Drawing, Iceberg, Battle Harbour, Labrador

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

Church’s hunt for icebergs led to frequent deviations from the ship’s planned course, in particular when they spotted what Noble describes as “a white pinnacle just pricking above the horizon.” In these sketches, Church accentuated the icebergs against vast, abstract expanses of sea.

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

Its dimensions are

13.5 × 35 cm (5 5/16 × 13 3/4 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.)

It has the following markings

Verso: Stamp in black ink: Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration [Lugt 457d]

It is inscribed

Verso: Inscribed in graphite, center: Battle Harbor ...St. Lewis (?) Bay [Labrador]

Cite this object as

Drawing, Iceberg, Battle Harbour, Labrador; Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900); USA; brush and oil paint on paperboard ; 13.5 × 35 cm (5 5/16 × 13 3/4 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.); Gift of Louis P. Church; 1917-4-296-c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions After Icebergs and The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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