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After Icebergs with a Painter


A Summer Voyage to Labrador and around Newfoundland

by Louis Legrand Noble
Introduction by William L. Coleman

256 full-color pages
6″ x 9″ trade paperback
44 illustrations — more than 40 paintings and sketches
ISBN: 9798985692129, Price: $19.95

A New Edition of the Classic Account of an Artist’s 1859 Arctic Adventure

“After Icebergs with a Painter is an eloquent travelogue and brilliant piece of marketing orchestrated by one of America’s leading artists, Frederic Church. This long-overdue reprint expands on Noble’s evocative prose by incorporating Church’s artworks inspired by their 1859 trip around Newfoundland and Labrador. The resulting volume satisfies the historian and the general reader alike, providing a window into the 19th-century fascination with the Arctic region.”
——— Eleanor J. Harvey, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and author of The Voyage of the Icebergs: Frederic Church’s Arctic Masterpiece

An internationally renowned American artist of fame and fortune at the very peak of his powers. A pastor and lauded writer with a sharp eye for revealing and humorous detail. A journey fraught with danger and drama aboard the schooner Integrity to the latitudes where icebergs dwell. This was the recipe for an adventure that left a lasting impact—one of the masterpieces of American art, Frederic Edwin Church’s The Icebergs (1861).
It was a landmark event in the history of art, but it was also the inspiration for an important work of literature—the book you hold in your hands recounting their exciting journey, written by Church’s close friend Louis Legrand Noble, best known as the first biographer of Church’s own artistic mentor, Thomas Cole. Noble’s vivid tale of that 1859 voyage offers fascinating insight into an artistic career like no other, a career that has continued to inspire subsequent generations. It also presents a fragile moment just before the outbreak of the Civil War and the unavoidable evidence of climate change in these regions, making After Icebergs with a Painter even more valuable as a document of its time.
This extensively illustrated new edition brings this important, long-out-of-print book to 21st-century audiences and expands upon the original by including an introductory essay by Church scholar William L. Coleman, the first detailed map of the journey, and the vast majority of the images inspired by this epic trip that Church created over a long and productive career.

Published in conjunction with a new special exhibit at Olana State Historic Site:
“Chasing Icebergs: Art and a Disappearing Landscape”
Exploring the Historic Voyage and the Effects of Climate Change

This special exhibit centers on Frederic Church’s breathtaking iceberg sketches from this intrepid voyage, placing them in dialogue with rare photographs, paintings, and historic texts Church collected on the subject of icebergs and Arctic exploration, as well as the work of four contemporary artists who highlight the fragility of the Earth’s polar environments.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 17 October, 2022.

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