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Property from a Private German Collection

Frederic Edwin Church

Watch Tower in Italy

Auction Closed

May 19, 03:38 PM GMT


120,000 - 180,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from a Private German Collection

Frederic Edwin Church

1826 - 1900

Watch Tower in Italy

signed F. E. Church and dated '73 (lower left)

oil on canvas

13 by 20 inches

(33 by 50.8 cm)

We are grateful to Dr. Gerald L. Carr for his assistance in researching this lot, which will be included in his forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's oil paintings.

Private collection (sold: Christie's, New York, September 22, 1994, lot 8)
Private collection (acquired at the above sale)
(probably) Kunsthaus Welker Heidelberg, Germany
(probably) Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 2010
Gerald L. Carr, Frederic Edwin Church at Olana State Historic Site, Cambridge, England, 1994, p. 375, no. 377, illustrated
Gerald L. Carr,  Frederic Edwin Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage, Detroit, Michigan, 2007, pp. 118-19, illustrated
Frederic Church traveled throughout Europe between 1867 and 1869. This time abroad inspired him to paint many subjects in the area, particularly the remnants and ruins of former civilizations he encountered in places near the Mediterranean. The present work depicts the artist's view of a Roman aqueduct in Tivoli. The large cloud formation at the left is a motif that the artist experimented with during the early 1870s and is similarly depicted in his 1872 work, Clouds Over Olana in the Olana State Historic Site's collection.