Frederic Church

Frederic Church to Erastus Dow Palmer, October 18, 1884: “I have made about one and three quarter miles of road this season, opening entirely new and beautiful views. I can make more and better landscapes this way than by tampering with canvas and paint in the studio.”


Church to Palmer, June 5, 1884: “But I like wood for architectural purposes less and less as I get older…Wood is awfully convenient and cheap just now, but I suppose when our forests are swept away by the axe and fire we will use more stone and tiles instead of shingles…The clapboard palaces will rapidly disappear.”


Church to Charles De Wolf Brownell, June 4, 1898: “What a blessing it is to be able to sketch – The Great Book of Nature is always open and there are no blank leaves for the artist.”