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Drawing, Broken Column of the Parthenon, Athens

This is a Drawing. It was made by Frederic Edwin Church. It is dated 1869 and we acquired it in 1917. Its medium is brush and oil, graphite on paperboard. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

After spending time together in Rome late in 1868, when Frederic Church introduced the 18-year-old de Forest to antiques shopping, Church and de Forest met again in Athens the following April. While Church prepared a visual record of the Parthenon and its setting, de Forest painted beside him, sketching the same scenes in order to learn painting through observation and comparison.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Frederic Church and Lockwood de Forest Painting on the Acropolis, Athens.

This object was donated by Louis P. Church. It is credited Gift of Louis P. Church.

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Its dimensions are

27.9 x 38.7 cm (10 15/16 x 15 3/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in brush and oil paint, on a stone: Parthenon / 69

Cite this object as

Drawing, Broken Column of the Parthenon, Athens; Made by Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900); USA; brush and oil, graphite on paperboard; 27.9 x 38.7 cm (10 15/16 x 15 3/16 in.); Gift of Louis P. Church; 1917-4-574-a

We have 1 video that features Drawing, Broken Column of the Parthenon, Athens.

Lockwood de Forest | Passion for the Exotic

Join Cooper Hewitt curators Sarah Coffin and Gail Davidson, and Lockwood de Forest scholar Roberta Mayer for three presentations celebrating the Carnegie Mansion’s newly restored Teak Room....

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

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