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Maker(s):Haskell, Ernest
Culture:American (1876-1925)
Title:River Sanctuary
Date Made:ca. 1923
Materials:etching on off-white wove paper laid down on cardboard
Measurements:Sheet: 9 3/4 in x 14 5/8 in ; 24.8 cm x 37.1 cm; Plate: 6 7/8 in x 11 7/8 in ; 17.5 cm x 30.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC PR.1940.33
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt (Vera Hale)

Label Text:
Organizers of the 1926 Macbeth Galleries memorial exhibition paid tribute to the recently-deceased Ernest Haskell by juxtaposing the artist’s etching River Sanctuary with a poem he had written. Haskell’s dual activities as a printmaker and a poet aligned him with the creative synergies of his era—which sought an alliance between the literary and visual arts, and employed a similar critical language for both—and ultimately shaped his legacy.

In this instance, River Sanctuary is more than a depiction of Phippsburg Center Church in Maine. It is a mental state found on a picturesque shore, as much as an architectural structure.

KG, How He Was to His Talents exhibition, March 24, 2011-August 7, 2011

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