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Anemones (Grasses and Flowers)

Robert Brandegee

American Art

This minutely observed, close-up nature study of anemones demonstrates Robert Brandegee’s dual interests, art and science. Alternating firm lines and soft touches of graphite and areas of shading and blank paper, the artist rendered the tangled vegetation with careful precision. Like William Trost Richards and Aaron Draper Shattuck (whose drawings are on view nearby), Brandegee worked in the tradition of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, which embraced John Ruskin’s commitment to a faithful approach to nature.
MEDIUM Graphite on cream, moderately thick, smooth wove paper mounted to paper.
DATES April 15, 1867
DIMENSIONS Sheet (drawing): 4 1/4 x 6 5/8 in. (10.8 x 16.8 cm) Mat (drawing mounted to): 8 1/2 x 10 1/8 in. (21.6 x 25.7 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed in graphite, lower left: "RB"; Signed and inscribed in graphite, on mount: "(Robert Brandegee) April 15th. 1867"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund
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