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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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Lower left, on rock: F. CHURCH


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)

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



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

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Oil on canvas