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Palm Trees and Housetops, Ecuador

Frederic Edwin ChurchMay 1857

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Recto: Vertical view of two housetops and top of palm tree, with two black birds, rising Verso: rough sketch (graphite) of the trunk of a palm

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  • Title: Palm Trees and Housetops, Ecuador
  • Creator: Frederic Edwin Church
  • Date Created: May 1857
  • Viewing Notes: In foreground are two housetops and top of palm tree that rises in between them. Two black birds sit on palm tree.
  • Physical Dimensions: w292 x h354 cm
  • Paper Support: Thin paperboard
  • Inscribed: Inscribed in brush and black oil, at lower right: May / .57.
  • Exhibitions: Grand Rapids, MI - Grand Rapids Art Museum, "The American Spirit: Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran. Masterworks from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution", October 17, 2003 - January 4, 2004.New York, NY - Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Church's Great Picture: The Heart of the Andes", October 5, 1993 - January 30, 1994.Wellesley, MA - Wellesley College Museum, "Frederic Edwin Church', September 9, 1976 - October 31, 1976.Claremont, CA - Claremont College Galleries, "Frederic Church", November 6, 1975 - December 19, 1975; Travelled to: San Diego, CA - Fine Arts Galleries of San Diego, January 10, 1976 - February 29, 1976; ?, MI - University of Minnesota, March 29, 1976 - May 9, 1976.New York, NY - Graham Gallery, "Frederic Edwin Church", December 17, 1974 - January 11, 1975.Washinton, DC - SAAM [formerly, National Collection of Fine Arts], "Frederic Edwin Church", February 9, 1966 - March 13, 1966; Travelled to: Albany, NY - Institute of History and Art, March 30, 1966 - April 30, 1966; New York, NY - Knoedler Galleries, June 1, 1966 - June 30, 1966.Detroit, MI - Detroit Insitute of Fine Arts, "Painting in America: The Story of 450 Years", April 23, 1957 - June 9, 1957.Detroit, MI - Detroit Insitute of Fine Arts, "The World of the Romantic Artist," December 28, 1944- January 28, 1945.
  • Dimensions: 35.4 x 29.2 cm (13 15/16 x 11 1/2 in.)Mat (Mat): 40.6 x 55.9 cm (16 x 22 in.)
  • Bibliography: Detroit Insitute of Arts. The World of the Romantic Artist (Detroit, MI; Detroit Institute of Arts, 1944) cat. no. 67, p.32.Preston, Edgar Preston. "Painting in America: The Story of 450 Years" (New York, NY; 1956) fig. 101.SAAM [formerly, National Collection of Fine Arts]. Frederic Edwin Church. (Washington, DC; Smithsonian Institution, 1966), cat. no. 70.Navas Sanz de Santamaria, Pablo. The Journey of Frederic Edwin Church through Colombia and Ecuador, April-October 1853 (Bogata, Colombia: Villegas Editores in association with Universidad de los Andes and Thomas Greg & Sons, 2008), 21.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Gift of Louis P. Church
  • Medium: Brush and oil paint, traces of graphite on thin paperboard

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