Syria by the Sea

Frederic Edwin Church American, 1826-1900
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Syria by the Sea

1873

Frederic Edwin Church

1826-1900

American

Unknown

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 56 × 85 inches (142.2 × 215.9 cm) Framed: 80 × 108 × 5 1/2 inches (203.2 × 274.3 × 14 cm)

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American Art before 1950

Gift of Mrs. James F. Joy

10.11

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Signed and dated, lower right (on stone fragment): F. E. Church | 1873

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ca. 1873-74, James Frederick Joy (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

1886, Mrs. James F. Joy (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

1910-present, gift to the Detroit Museum of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Published References

Exh. cat., The National Museum of American Art. 1873, no. 16. [transcribed by Louis Yang]

Detroit Art Loan Exhibition. Exh. cat., Detroit Museum of Art. Detroit, 1883, p. 16, no. 118.

“Important Acquisitions.” Bulletin of the DMA 4, 4 (October 1910): p. 43.

Handbook of Modern Paintings Belonging to the Detroit Museum of Art. Detroit, 1910, pp. 11-12.

The World of the Romantic Artists; A Survey of American Culture from 1800 to 1875. Exh. cat. Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1944, no. 74.

Huntington, D.C. Frederic Edwin Church 1826-1900: Painter of the Adamic New World Myth. Ph. D. diss., Yale University, 1960, p. 203.

American 19th Century Painting. Exh. cat., Michigan State University Department of Art. East Lansing, 1966, no. 28 (ill.).

Huntington, D.C. The Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church. New York, 1966, p. 96.

DIA Handbook. 1971, p. 143.

Close Observation: Selected Oil Sketches by Frederic E. Church. Exh. cat., University of Michigan Museum of Art. Ann Arbor, 1979.

“Family Art Game.” DIA Advertising Supplement. Detroit Free Press (April 26, 1981): p. 28 (ill.).

Davis, John Harlan. “Frederic Church’s Sacred Geography.” Smithsonian Studies in American Art 1 (Spring 1987): pp. 90-91.

Frederic Edwin Church. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 1989, no. 47.

Davis, John Harlan. Picturing Palestine: The Holy Land in Nineteenth-Century American Art and Culture. Ph. D. diss., Columbia University, 1991, pp. 263-268.

Carr, Gerald L. “Frederic Edwin Church and Italy.” The Italian Presence in American Art, 1860-1920. New York, 1992, pp. 33-34.

Carr, Gerald L. Frederic Edwin Church: Catalogue Raisonné of Works of Art at Olana State Historic Site. New York, 1994, pp. 369, 391, 398.

Davis, John Harlan. The Landscape of Belief: Encountering the Holy Land in Nineteenth-Century American Art and Culture. Princeton, 1996, pp. 197-201.

American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Volume II. New York, 1997, pp. 52-56 (ill.).

In Search of the Promised Land: Frederic Edwin Church and Exploration. Exh. cat., Berry-Hill Galleries. New York, 2000.

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Frederic Edwin Church, Syria by the Sea, 1873, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. James F. Joy, 10.11.

Syria by the Sea
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