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Spring--Burning Fallen Trees, in a Girdled Clearing, Western Scene

George Harvey

American Art

George Harvey’s watercolor activities—like those of William Guy Wall, whose work is displayed nearby—were linked to a printmaking enterprise. Harvey created this work for an ambitious though unrealized series titled Atmospheric Landscapes of North America. One of four inaugural images for this project set in different seasons, Spring depicts pioneers in Ohio clearing “girdled” woods for settlement. Girdling is a lumbering technique in which a belt-like notch carved into the trunk cuts off the flow of sap and eventually kills the tree.
MEDIUM Watercolor over graphite on cream, medium weight, slightly textured wove paper
DATES ca. 1840
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 13 13/16 x 10 5/16 in. (35.1 x 26.2 cm) Frame: 21 1/4 x 16 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. (54 x 41.6 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION George Harvey (American, 1801–1878). Spring--Burning Fallen Trees, in a Girdled Clearing, Western Scene, ca. 1840. Watercolor over graphite on cream, medium weight, slightly textured wove paper, Sheet: 13 13/16 x 10 5/16 in. (35.1 x 26.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 46.49 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 46.49.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 46.49.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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