A Shower of Ashes upon Ottaviano
Charles Caryl Coleman
Best known for the more highly finished technique of his oils, Charles Caryl Coleman here employed the spontaneous medium of pastel to record the aftermath of the 1906 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, not far from the artist’s home on the island of Capri, in Italy. Coleman’s depiction of the event closely resembles period photographs of the climax of the disaster on April 7, when lava fountains and earthquakes decimated the small, nearby town of Ottaviano.
Pastel on gray-blue laid paper, mounted to board
April 14, 1906
image: 10 9/16 x 8 7/16 in. (26.8 x 21.4 cm)
Mounting board: 18 1/2 x 16 3/8 in. (47 x 41.6 cm)
frame: 21 5/8 × 18 3/4 × 1 1/2 in. (54.9 × 47.6 × 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Watermark, lower right quadrant of an O shape inside of a larger O
Signed, lower left, in blue: "CCC [in monogram] / 10 A.M. / April 14 - 1906"
John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Charles Caryl Coleman (American, 1840-1928). A Shower of Ashes upon Ottaviano, April 14, 1906. Pastel on gray-blue laid paper, mounted to board, image: 10 9/16 x 8 7/16 in. (26.8 x 21.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, John B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 20.656 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 20.656_PS6.jpg)
overall, 20.656_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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