Frederic Edwin Church's major works of art: landscape paintings.

4 May 1826 to 7 April 1900, American Artist of the Hudson River School.

rivers twilight wild falls Bay of Fundy
Susquehanna River
Twilight in the wilderness
Niagara Falls
Bay of Fundy

A parable in oil paint for the Civil War?

Oxford Union

The Susquehanna River in a storm, this river is the site of the worst nuclear disaster in the country's record of seeking energy independence. FREDERICK EDWIN CHURCH, "Rapids of the Susquehanna" River, Pennsylvania. 1862.

Frederic Edwin Church, American artist (1826-1900).

Bay of Fundy

Frederic Church, Bay of Fundy, 1852.

Mt Desert

Frederic Church, Mount Desert Island, Maine, 1863.


A View of Quebec City - 1846

Frederic Edwin Church, born in Hartford, Connecticut, (1826-1900) was the son of a wealthy man whose considerable assets provided the youth with the means to develop his extraordinary talent for accurate rendition of landscapes in oil painting. Thomas Cole was to take Church, when he was 18, as his pupil. Church's precocious qualities were displayed early and quickly.

Within a year, he had been shown in the National Academy of Design annual exhibition; the following year, he sold his first major oil, to Hartford's Wadsworth Athenaeum.


Icebergs between Newfoundland and Greenland.

Extraordinarily gifted as a draftsman and a colorist, Church reached his early maturity by 1848, the year he took a studio in New York City, accepted William James Stillman as his first pupil, traveled widely and collected visual materials throughout New York and New England, particularly Vermont, and turned out a number of pictures, all of which sold well.

Cotapaxi Volcano.

As did so many contemporary landscape painters, Church settled into his own pattern of travel, hiking, and sketching from spring through autumn, followed by winter in New York painting, pursuing business affairs, and socializing.


In April 1853, Church and his friend Cyrus Field set forth on an adventurous trip through Colombia (then called New Granada) and Ecuador.

Church's first finished South American pictures, shown to great acclaim in 1855, transformed his career; for the next decade he devoted a great part of his attention to those subjects, producing a celebrated series that became the basis of his ensuing international fame.

Frederic Edwin Church's major paintings:

Bay of Fundy

Church was a student of Thomas Cole and promoted the Hudson River School after Cole's unexpected death in 1848.

Thomas Cole


Artists of the seashore