Oil on canvas
Canvas: 30 x 48 1/8 in. ( 76.2 x 122.2 cm ) Frame: 41 1/8 x 59 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. ( 104.5 x 150.5 x 10.8 cm )
inscriptions: lower left: "F.E. Church/1858"
Landscape depicting the Cayambe, a volcano in Ecuador about 20, 000 feet high, on the line of the Equator; lush greenery with a pond in foreground; reflective river in middleground; stone pedestal in foreground on left; group of houses to far left; large volcano with mountain range in center; clear sky with traces of clouds.
Cayambe was commissioned at the apex of Church's career by the New York City refiner, Robert L. Stuart.
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The Robert L. Stuart Collection, the gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart
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