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Throughout the career of Frederic Edwin Church, patriotic themes were always a common thread to be followed by the artist, either directly or indirectly, and also by his peers in the Hudson River School, which defines itself partially by that patriotic feeling of portraying the great landmarks as a way to dignify the country and its people. A significant part of what made the American artist so famous were his portrayals of famous American landmarks, such as the Niagara Falls, for example. As such, if one casts their eyes to the very beginning of Church’s career, that tendency can already be noticed in some of his works, although tentatively and perhaps more focused on touristic interests than in any patriotic feeling.
Example of that tendency, this oil on canvas was painted rather early in his career, before he had even settled on his New York studio where much of his work would be done, in 1846, at a ripe young age of twenty-one. The piece rests to this day in the Olana State Historic Site, the artist’s villa in the countryside of New York State, and is considered to be one of the first important paintings to be produced by Thomas Cole’s brightest pupil.
It portrays an immensely important landmark in the history of the state of Connecticut, a remarkably large white oak tree that grew in the outskirts of Hartford, and that would have performed a rather important role in the state’s early history. It is said that in colonial times, during an argument over the state’s autonomy from the British Crown, the original Royal Charter would have been hidden in a hollow in the tree’s trunk, enabling the colonists to, through some very creative cloak and dagger tactics, maintain most of the autonomy they had had under the previous governor-general.
As such, the tree, which fell during a storm less than ten years after the time of the painting, became a symbol of American independence from the Crown, being later portrayed not only by many of Church’s contemporaries, such as Charles de Wolf Brownell, but also in coins and stamps celebrating the state’s third century anniversary. After the tree’s demise, it was cut apart and made into a number of chairs and desks, which have been since used by the state’s governor and important figures in the House of Representatives and State Senate.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Charter Oak, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Charter Oak that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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