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Sep 17, 2022
Sketch at Chimborazo, signed lower right "F. Church 185(?)", oil on paper mounted on panel, 11 x 17 in.; fine period carved gilt wood and composition frame, 18 x 24 in.
Note: In 1853, still in his 20s, Frederic Church was already achieving recognition as perhaps the most promising artistic talent of his generation. The paintings he exhibited after his two trips to South America in 1853 and 57 secured his place on that throne. Church created many preparatory works for his grand, awe inspiring landscapes such as Mountains of Ecuador, 1855, in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut (accession # 948.177). While this oil sketch is not necessarily tied to any one particular grand exhibition work, it does at the very least share the specific detail of the stone footbridge with the Wadsworth Mountains.
This lot is accompanied by a letter confirming that the painting was authenticated by Gerald L. Carr and will be included in the forthcoming catalog raisonne of paintings by Frederic Edwin Church.
This lot is accompanied by an additional reproduction frame for the painting.
Provenance: Gene Shannon, Milford, Connecticut, early 1980s; Alfred Harrison, Oakland, California; Howard's Antiques, Bedford, New York; Dr. Howard Diamond, New York; by descent Private Collection; at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY; Private Collection, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
areas of retouch; frame with wear commensurate with age
Conserved 2016 by Julius Lowy Frame and Restoration Company, Long Island City, NY. See conservation report online.
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