Aurora Borealis  1865

by Frederic Edwin Church

Label (2006): The ship and sled team in this image belonged to Frederic Church's friend, polar explorer Dr. Isaac Hayes. Hayes had led an Arctic expedition in 1860, and gave his sketches from the trip to the artist as inspiration for this painting. Hayes returned from his voyage to find the country in the thick of the Civil War, and in a rousing speech vowed that "God will...
56 x 83 1/2 in. (142.3 x 212.2 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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