Drawing, Near Jericho, Wady Kilt, March 20, 1876
This is a Drawing. It was created by Lockwood de Forest. It is dated March 20, 1876 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is brush and oil paint on thin paperboard. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Lockwood de Forest’s family was distantly related to Frederic Edwin Church’s family, and the two knew each other socially. In 1868, de Forest and his parents traveled with the Church family to Greece and Egypt. During their travels, de Forest painted side by side with Church, and Church inspired the young man to take up landscape painting as a profession—de Forest abandoned college and the law and turned to painting as a full-time career. He studied with Church in the early 1870s, painting oil sketches of the area around Hudson, New York, and also painting after Church’s sketches of the Holy Land and Petra, Egypt. During this period, Church also designed and built his new Near Eastern-inspired home, which encouraged de Forest to interpret Islamic designs for American interiors.
In 1876, de Forest traveled again with his parents to Egypt, Palestine, and Syria, with the goal of visiting all the locations that Church had visited and painted. The results of de Forest’s study of Church’s works can be seen in the earliest of the sketches depicting the Jordan River, near Jericho at Wadi Qelt, dated March 20, 1876. If one were to put this sketch next to Church’s, one would see a similar treatment of the desert brush, with tall shoots picked out by the light, as well as a similar perspective of the bare mountain. The painting shows a sure and relatively tight hand, close to Church’s example.
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Its dimensions are
27.8 x 35.4 cm (10 15/16 x 13 15/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Drawing, Near Jericho, Wady Kilt, March 20, 1876; Lockwood de Forest (American, 1850–1932); brush and oil paint on thin paperboard; 27.8 x 35.4 cm (10 15/16 x 13 15/16 in.); Gifted by a Private Santa Barbara Collector, courtesy of Sullivan Goss - An American Art Gallery; 2013-38-1
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.