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Drawing, Foundering Iceberg

This is a Drawing. It was created by Frederic Edwin Church. We acquired it in 1917. Its medium is graphite, brush and white gouache on blue-green wove paper. 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.

Cite this object as

Drawing, Foundering Iceberg; Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900); USA; graphite, brush and white gouache on blue-green wove paper; 1917-4-297-a

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