List of illustrations

  • Originally published in “Art in America,” March-April 1971, cover.
  • Niagara
  • Niagara, detail
  • Horseshoe Falls
  • Niagara, detail
  • Wanderer above a Sea of Fog
  • Niagara Falls below the Great Cascade on the British Side
  • The Great Horseshoe Fall, Niagara
  • Niagara
  • Niagara, detail
  • Niagara Falls, from the American Side
  • Frontispiece of Benson J. Lossing, “Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution”
  • Distant View of Niagara Falls
  • Distant View of Niagara Falls, detail
  • Subscription form for a chromolithograph of “Church’s Painting of Nature’s Grandest Scene, Niagara, The Great Fall”
  • The Andes of Ecuador
  • The Andes of Ecuador, detail
  • The Andes of Ecuador, detail
  • The Andes of Ecuador, detail
  • The Andes of Ecuador, detail
  • The Andes of Ecuador, detail
  • The Heart of the Andes
  • The Heart of the Andes, detail
  • The Heart of the Andes, detail
  • The Heart of the Andes, detail
  • The Heart of the Andes, detail
  • The Heart of the Andes, detail
  • The Heart of the Andes, detail
  • The Heart of the Andes, detail
  • The Heart of the Andes, detail
  • The Heart of the Andes, detail
  • Advertisement for the exhibition of “The Heart of the Andes” at the Boston Athenaeum
  • Cotopaxi
  • A.T. Stewart’s Building and Grace Church, New York City
  • Frederic Church’s painting "The Heart of the Andes" as displayed in the fine art gallery at the Metropolitan Fair in New York
  • Cover of George William Warren “Homage to Church’s Picture, The Heart of the Andes: Marche di Bravura, The Andes”
  • The Heart of the Andes, detail
  • Floating Iceberg
  • The Icebergs
  • Twilight in the Wilderness
  • Our Banner in the Sky
  • Advertisement for “The Heart of the Andes” and ”The Icebergs”, from the New York Morning Express
  • The North. Painted by F. E. Church, from Studies of Icebergs made in the Northern Seas, in the Summer of 1859
  • Frontispiece
  • D. Appleton and Company, “New Books and New Editions”
  • The Icebergs, detail
  • The Icebergs, detail
  • The Icebergs, detail
  • Grotto by the Seaside in the Kingdom of Naples with Banditti, Sunset
  • A Grotto in the Gulf of Salerno, Sunset
  • The Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge
  • The Icebergs, detail
  • The Voyage of Life: Youth
  • Man Proposes, God Disposes
  • The Arctic Ocean
  • The Icebergs, final study
  • Landscape Composition, St. John in the Wilderness
  • Vale of St. Thomas, Jamaica
  • Vale of St. Thomas, Jamaica, detail
  • To the Memory of Cole
  • Fern Walk, Jamaica
  • Kindred Spirits
  • Stewart Castle Estate, plate 35
  • Montego Bay from Upton Hill, plate 49
  • Belle Vue, Residence near Kingston, Stoney Hill in the Distance, plate 40
  • Tropical Vines and Trees, Jamaica
  • Tropical Vines and Trees, Jamaica, detail
  • Vale of St. Thomas, Jamaica, detail
  • Rainy Season in the Tropics
  • Rainy Season in the Tropics, on View in Frederic Church’s Tenth Street Studio, New York
  • The Incredulity of St. Thomas
  • El Khasné, Petra
  • El Khasné, Petra
  • Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives
  • Key to “Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives”
  • El Khasné, Petra, detail
  • El Khazneh, Studies of Architectural Details, Petra, Jordan
  • Syria by the Sea
  • The Aegean Sea
  • A View in Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Arch from an Aqueduct, Cuernavaca
  • Watchtower, Panama
  • Color Swatch for Some of the Principal Rooms of the Principal Room of the First Story, Olana
  • Sitting Room, with “El Khasné, Petra” over the Fireplace
  • Valley of the Santa Ysabel
  • Southwest Façade, Olana
  • Sketches for Stencil Borders, Olana
  • Plan of Olana
  • South Façade of Olana, 2001
  • Court Hall and Stair Hall, Olana
  • View South through the Bell Tower at Olana
  • House and Park from across the Lake, Olana
  • Sketch of Trees for “The Heart of the Andes”
  • Evening in the Tropics
  • Must This Mansion Be Destroyed?
  • Must This Mansion Be Destroyed?
  • Sunset, Jamaica
  • Winter Twilight from Olana
  • untitled (to the “innovator” of Wheeling Peachblow)
  • Eaton’s Neck, Long Island
  • Proposed Colossal Monument for Central Park, N.Y.C. —Moving Pool Balls
  • The Iceberg
  • The Iceberg
  • Iceberg and Steamship
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“Why do precisely these objects which we behold make a world?” Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854; repr., New York: Penguin, 1999), 179. Henry David Thoreau asks this question in Walden while observing the...
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Seen from a distance, the painting is controlled by a strong but simple geometry. The rectangular form of the canvas is echoed in the long band of sky. The straight edge of the horizon line divides the image horizontally. The cataract stretches nearly the entire length of the more than seven-and-a-half-foot picture, the diagonal of the near rim and...
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Frederic Church's earliest and most formative trip took him not to Europe but to South America. In 1853, he traveled through Ecuador and Colombia with his...
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Crowds flocked to see The Heart of the Andes (see fig. 22). Over a mere three-week...
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In 1859, the year both the Heart of the Andes and The Origin of Species appeared, Frederic Church traveled to the Newfoundland and Labrador coasts to sketch (fig. 38). The terrain was constantly shifting, as glaciers and icebergs remade the map. Explorers embarked to...
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Frederic Church left the United States for a six-month sketching tour of Jamaica in April 1865. Although the artist created a voluminous portfolio of studies, he produced only one major canvas from...
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As he painted Vale of St. Thomas, Jamaica, Church began planning his next major trip. Rather than an exploration of the tropics or the Arctic, the artist chose a more well-traveled itinerary for himself, his wife, and their new baby, with time in Paris and London followed by a longer stay in the Middle East during the winter and spring of 1868. With his family settled in Beirut,...
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In Olana's sitting room hangs the one large-scale, finished canvas that the...
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On May 13, 1966, Life magazine published a seventeen-page article about Olana (fig. 95). “Must This Mansion Be Destroyed?” appeared during a vigorous national campaign to save the estate and its contents from being sold and dispersed into private...
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