11 in HIGH x 8 in WIDE
(27.94 cm HIGH x 20.32 cm WIDE)
Gift of Sherry Smith Bell

Embossed dragonfly in margin, BR. Graphite signature appears over an ink stamp at BR on verso: "FROM THE STUDIO OF / STEPHEN A. FREDERICKS / New York, New York." "2006" is written in graphite below the stamp at right.
written in graphite below plate, BL: "18/20"

This is an etching after Thomas Cole's painting, "Desolation" from the series, "The Course of Empire" (1836). The print shows a cropped portion of the painting's original composition that focuses on a lone column in the foreground at left and a full moon reflecting on a river in the distance at right.

"Cole's painting is the fifth of five paintings in his famous "Course of Empire allegory. I selected this piece for my translation because the entire allegory, more than any other body of work, inspired me to begin my professional career in art - for which I am ever mindful. I approached my subject in the free-hand way that I think it might have been interpreted in the 19th century by a contemporary painter-etcher as opposed to a reproductive etcher of the day. There is nothing quite like an intaglio nocturne as a medium of graphic art." / Stephen A. Fredericks

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