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Natural Bridge, Virginia, 1860, David Johnson (American 1827–1908), oil on canvas.
Courtesy of Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC. Gift Philip Hanes Jr., |
in honor of Charles H. Babcock, Sr. Reynolda House is an Affiliate of Wake Forest University. 1968.2.2

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  1. *Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art

    by Christopher C. Oliver Softcover 102 pages 7" W x 8 1/2" H ISBN: 9781934351185 This catalogue accompanies the exhibition Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art. Presented at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond Feb 6 - Aug 2, 2021

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  2. Frederic Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage

    Kenneth John Myers, Kevin J. Avery, Gerald L. Carr, and Mercedes Volait PB with flaps 224 pages, 11 x 10 125 color + 10 b/w illus. ISBN: 9780300218435 A beautiful overview of fascinating paintings of the classical world and the Holy Land by a beloved American artist Frederic Church (1826–1900), one of the leading painters of 19th-century America and the Hudson River School, also journeyed around the globe to find fresh inspiration for his highly detailed compositions. Among Church’s lesser-known masterpieces are his paintings of the Middle East, Italy, and Greece, produced in the late 1860s through late 1870s, which explore themes of human history and achievement. Taking a closer look at this geographical and thematic shift in Church’s practice, this handsome book brings together the artist’s major paintings of Athens, Rome, Jerusalem, and the surrounding region. The essays concentrate on a set of six major paintings of architectural and archaeological marvels; one essay also spotlights Olana, Church’s home in New York State, which reflects the influence of Middle Eastern design. This impressive volume stands apart in its new approach to the artist’s work and its quest to determine why and how this quintessentially American figure was drawn to scenery and themes from the other side of the globe.

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  3. Frederic Church: The Art and Science of Detail

    by Jennifer Raab Hardcover 240 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 60 color + 43 b/w illus. ISBN: 9780300208375 Frederic Church (1826–1900), the most celebrated painter in the United States during the mid-19th century, created monumental landscapes of North and South America, the Arctic, and the Middle East. These paintings were unsurpassed in their attention to detail, yet the significance of this pictorial approach has remained largely unexplored. In this important reconsideration of Church’s works, Jennifer Raab offers the first sustained examination of the aesthetics of detail that fundamentally shaped 19th-century American landscape painting. Moving between historical context and close readings of famous canvases—including Niagara, The Heart of the Andes, and The Icebergs—Raab argues that Church’s art challenged an earlier model of painting based on symbolic unity, revealing a representation of nature with surprising connections to scientific discourses of the time. The book traces Church’s movement away from working in oil on canvas to shaping the physical landscape of Olana, his self-designed estate on the Hudson River, a move that allowed the artist to rethink scale and process while also engaging with pressing ecological questions. Beautifully illustrated with dramatic spreads and striking details of Church’s works, Frederic Church: The Art and Science of Detail offers a profoundly new understanding of this canonical artist.

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  4. Natural Bridge

    By Ernst H. Kastning PhD Paperback 187 pages 6.5 x 9.25 Natural Bridge, located in the historic Shenandoah Valley, is one of the most recognized and visited geologic landmarks in the country. The massive 90-foot-wide arch spans Cedar Creek, which runs 200 feet below. Legend says that George Washington, as a young land surveyor, carved his initials on its wall. In 1774, King George III granted ownership to Thomas Jefferson. Natural Bridge was often regarded as the "Eighth Natural Wonder of the World" during the 19th and 20th centuries. The site became a popular venue for events, ranging from conventions to the annual Easter Sunrise Service. Hotels, inns, and cottages were built to accommodate travelers, and on-site attractions—including a show cave, a wax museum, and a Monacan Indian village—broadened visitor appeal. Natural Bridge remained privately owned until 2014, when the title was transferred, allowing it to become a state park; the bridge will now truly belong to the people, a concept that would have made Jefferson proud.

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  5. Natural Bridge by David Johnson Magnet

    Natural Bridge, Virginia David Johnson (American, 1827-1908) Magnet 2" W x 3 1/8" H

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  6. Natural Bridge by David Johnson Mug

    Natural Bridge, Virginia David Johnson (American, 1827-1908) Ceramic Mug

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  7. Natural Bridge by Edward Beyer Keychain

    Natural Bridge, Rockbridge County, VA, from "Album of Virginia, 1858 Edward Beyer (German, 1820-1865) Keychain 1 1/4" W x 1 3/4" H

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  8. Natural Bridge by Edward Beyer Magnet

    Natural Bridge, Rockbridge County, VA, from "Album of Virginia", 1858 Edward Beyer (German, 1820-1865) Magnet 2" W x 3 1/8" H

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  9. Natural Bridge by Edward Beyer Mini Notebook

    Natural Bridge, Rockbridge County, VA, from "Album of Virginia", 1858 Edward Beyer (German, 1820-1865) Mini Notebook Unlined pages 3 1/2" W x 5 1/2" H

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  10. Natural Bridge by Jervis McEntee Magnet

    Natural Bridge, 1877 Jervis McEntee (American, 1828-1891) Magnet Natural Bridge, 1877 Jervis McEntee (American, 1828-1891)

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