This drawing of a gnarled tree growing over boulders contains passages of both meticulous deliberation and charming spontaneity. It appears that the artist took a quick break from the primary scene to sketch another subject in the upper right corner of the sheet. With a few economical strokes of his pencil and brush, he created the barest outline of two seated figures, perhaps fellow artists traveling with him in the Catskills.
- Artist: David Johnson, American, 1827-1908
- Medium: Graphite and white opaque highlights on gray/brown, moderately thick, smooth wove paper
- Dates: August 1873
- Dimensions: Sheet: 10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Unsigned
- Inscriptions: Inscribed lower right: "Catskill Augt. 1873"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 69.60
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: David Johnson (American, 1827-1908). Catskills, August 1873. Graphite and white opaque highlights on gray/brown, moderately thick, smooth wove paper, Sheet: 10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 69.60
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)