Market Square, Providence, Rhode Island, During the Great September Gale, 1815

Market Square, Providence, Rhode Island, During the Great September Gale, 1815

1815

Black crayon and pastel, with graphite and stylus; scraped and incised in places

Support: Light brown sandpaper

Sheet: 39.4 x 52.7 cm (15 1/2 x 20 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Clare Caldwell 1930.733

Description

This anonymous drawing combines a meticulous depiction of actual buildings with a wonderfully abstract rendering of waves and weather effects. The artist was led to stretch his artistic abilities because of a bizarre and memorable event: a hurricane that washed ships into the streets of downtown Providence in September of 1815.

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