After Icebergs with a Painter
An internationally renowned American artist of fame and fortune at the very peak of his powers. A pastor and lauded writer with a sharp eye for revealing and humorous detail. A journey fraught with danger and drama aboard the schooner Integrity to the latitudes where icebergs dwell. This was the recipe for an adventure that left a lasting impact—one of the masterpieces of American art, Frederic Edwin Church’s The Icebergs (1861).
The trip was also the inspiration for an important work of literature—this book recounting their exciting journey, written by Church’s close friend Louis Legrand Noble, best known as the first biographer of Church’s own artistic mentor, Thomas Cole. Noble’s vivid tale of that 1859 voyage offers fascinating insight into an artistic career like no other, a career that has continued to inspire subsequent generations. It also presents a fragile moment just before the outbreak of the Civil War and the unavoidable evidence of climate change in these regions, making After Icebergs with a Painter even more valuable as a document of its time.
This extensively illustrated new edition brings this important, long-out-of-print book to 21st-century audiences and expands upon the original by including a foreword by The Olana Partnership’s Director of Collections & Exhibitions, William L. Coleman, the first detailed map of the journey, and full-color reproductions of the vast majority of the artworks inspired by this epic trip that Church created over a long and productive career.
“After Icebergs with a Painter is an eloquent travelogue and brilliant piece of marketing orchestrated by one of America’s leading artists, Frederic Church. This long-overdue reprint expands on Noble’s evocative prose by incorporating Church’s artworks inspired by their 1859 trip around Newfoundland and Labrador. The resulting volume satisfies the historian and the general reader alike, providing a window into the 19thcentury fascination with the Arctic region.”
— Eleanor J. Harvey, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and author of The Voyage of the Icebergs: Frederic Church’s Arctic Masterpiece