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Market Square, Providence, Rhode Island, During the Great September Gale

This anonymous drawing combines a meticulous depiction of actual buildings with a wonderfully abstract rendering of waves and weather effects. The artist was led to stretch his artistic abilities because of a bizarre and memorable event: a hurricane that washed ships into the streets of downtown Providence in September of 1815.

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Clare Caldwell ...
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Black crayon and pastel, with graphite and stylus; scraped and incised in places
39.4 x 52.7cm
Image and text © The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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The Cleveland Museum of Art
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