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
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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