Faculty Book: Katherine Manthorne

Katherine Manthorne and Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser

Fern Hunting among These Picturesque Mountains: Frederic Edwin Church in Jamaica
(Cornell University Press, 2010)

In 1865 the American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church and his wife, Isabel, traveled to Jamaica on a sojourn of recovery after the tragic deaths of their two young children. A time to mourn and escape from the constant reminders found at their home, Olana, the Churches’ trip to Jamaica also provided ample inspiration for Frederic. The Olana Collection includes eight oil sketches, an ink drawing, and a pencil drawing Church made in Jamaica. Five of these oil sketches on paper Church chose to mount to canvas and frame for his and Isabel’s enjoyment; from these works, and others held by the Cooper-Hewitt, Church created two major studio oils, The Vale of St. Thomas, Jamaica (1867) and The After Glow (1867). The volume includes 48 color illustrations, as well as essays by Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser (on Church’s Jamaica work) and Katherine Manthorne (about Church’s friends and fellow artists who also traveled to Jamaica to paint). Manthorne is a professor of art history at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: JUN 1, 2010

Category: Faculty Books, History