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Otter Creek, Mt. Desert

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When Frederic Edwin Church traveled to Maine in 1850 to paint the coast, he followed in the footsteps of several other American painters: Thomas Doughty had painted there in the 1830s and in 1836 had exhibited his view of the lighthouse of Mount Desert Island at the Boston Athenaeum (Desert Rock...

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Inscription

Lower left, on rock: F. CHURCH

Provenance

By 1851, James Lefevre, Philadelphia; 1948, with Childs Gallery Boston and Harry Shaw Newman Gallery, New York; about 1951, sold by Childs Gallery and Harry Shaw Newman Gallery to R. Amory Thorndike (1900-1972), Bar Harbor, Maine; 1972, by descent to his wife, Elizabeth F. (Mrs. R. Amory) Thorndike (1908-1992); 1982, partial purchase and partial gift of Mrs. R. Amory Thorndike to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 23, 1986)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund, Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund, Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund and Gift of Mrs. R. Amory Thorndike

1850

Dimensions

42.54 x 60.96 cm (16 3/4 x 24 in.)

Accession Number

1982.419

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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