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Seascape drawing of a wave crashing on rocks with a stormy sky.

In the center a wave curls over revealing its light green color. On the left and right the wave has crashed upon rocks sending up sea spray. Sea foam covers the flatter rocks in the foreground. The dark sky is drawn in greys, cold blues, varying from dark to light. Our viewpoint is from standing on the shore with the waves in front of us. The ocean is seen beyond the wave, in greens and blues, blending into the stormy sky. Signed in the lower left.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Appleton Brown, American (W. Newbury, MA 1844 - 1902 New York, NY)
Stormy Seascape
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Pastel on brown paperboard
35.6 x 45.6 cm (14 x 17 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: graphite, l.l.: Prof J K Paine / From J. Appleton Brown
  • stamp: verso, purple ink, stamped: EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE DE 1855 / MENTION HONORABLE / PAPIER, CARTON, CHASSIS, TOILES / ANTI-PONCE pour le PASTEL / P.L. Breveté PARIS / MARQUE DÉPOSÉE [Craigen Bowen of Paper Conservation notes that the Honorable Mention referred to here was won by the paper itself, not the drawing]
  • stamp: verso, purple ink: 20


Recorded Ownership History
Professor John Knowles Paine; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; transferred to the Fogg Art Museum, 1961.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from Harvard University Collection
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Susan Faxon, Alice Downey, and Peter Bermingham, A Stern and Lovely Scene: A Visual History of the Isles of Shoals, exh. cat., University Art Galleries, University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH, 1978), fig. 1, checklist p. 137
  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 55, cat. no. 29

Exhibition History

  • A Stern and Lovely Scene: A Visual History of the Isles of Shoals, University Art Galleries, University of New Hampshire, Durham, 03/13/1978 - 04/20/1978

Verification Level

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