Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900) was one of the most prominent American landscape painters of the nineteenth century. A prolific and successful artist, Church is chiefly remembered for his large-scale epic scenes of the Hudson River Valley and South America that continue to captivate audiences, influence artists and receive great critical acclaim. However, it is in his small-scale preparatory works that he reveals his technical virtuosity, emotional sensitivity and intimacy with his subjects.

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