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View near New London, Connecticut

Francis Augustus Silva

American Art

This large-scale watercolor, displayed at the American Watercolor Society’s 1877 annual exhibition, is typical of Francis Silva’s oeuvre in its marine subject matter, crystalline lighting effects, and inconspicuous brushwork. The broken mast on the beach at left makes a subtle allusion to nature’s destructive power in this otherwise placid scene.
MEDIUM Opaque and transparent watercolor over graphite on beige, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper
DATES 1877
DIMENSIONS 17 9/16 x 27 5/8 in. (44.6 x 70.2 cm) Frame: 22 3/8 x 32 1/4 x 2 5/16 in. (56.8 x 81.9 x 5.9 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower left: "F. A. Silva '77"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Francis Augustus Silva (American, 1835-1886). View near New London, Connecticut, 1877. Opaque and transparent watercolor over graphite on beige, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper, 17 9/16 x 27 5/8 in. (44.6 x 70.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 46.195
IMAGE overall, 46.195.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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