This object is currently on display in room 213 as part of After Icebergs. There is one other image of this object. This image is in the public domain (free of copyright restrictions), and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.

 

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Drawing, Floating Icebergs, July 1, 1859

This is a Drawing. It was created by Frederic Edwin Church. It is dated July 1, 1859 and 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.

Between bouts of seasickness, Church produced nearly 100 studies of icebergs during his 6-week arctic expedition. Immersed in the pristine landscape, he was entranced by the eerie, translucent beauty of the floating ice.

Here, amidst an array of delicately rendered icebergs, Church describes their forms as “strange” and “supernatural.”

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

Its dimensions are

27.5 x 45.5 cm (10 13/16 x 17 15/16 in. )

It has the following markings

Stamp in black ink, lower left: Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration [Lugt 457c]

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, on third and fourth sketch, top row: 2 / 2 Blue exquisite green blue / strange supernatural; on second sketch fourth row: 3 / 3 Exquisite opalescent blue green; lower right: July 1st / 59

Cite this object as

Drawing, Floating Icebergs, July 1, 1859; Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900); USA; graphite, brush and white gouache on blue-green wove paper; 27.5 x 45.5 cm (10 13/16 x 17 15/16 in. ); Gift of Louis P. Church; 1917-4-298

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