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Charles Lewis Fussell : Harrowing Rice under Water
Charles Lewis Fussell (Harrowing Rice under Water)

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Artist: Charles Lewis Fussell
Title: Harrowing Rice under Water
Media: Oil on canvas mounted on board, 5 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches
Description: Signed at lower right: “C. L. FUSSELL”; inscribed at lower center: “HARROWING RICE UNDER/WATER”

These five ( 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 ) undated, small grisaille illustrations of daily life in Hong Kong and Singapore are stylistically similar to Fussell’s Academy Students Dissecting a Horse (1879, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), which was the source for an engraving published that year in Scribner’s Magazine. It is likely that these ethnographic scenes were also painted as illustrations for a magazine article or book. These paintings are possibly related to an oriental subject that Fussell exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1878, a pen and ink drawing called The Heathen Chinee (location unknown). A sixth painting from the series, Malay Charrie, Singapore, is in a private collection.1

Note

1. All six were illustrated in American Paintings, Philadelphia Collection XXVI (Philadelphia: Schwarz Gallery, December 1984), nos. 69–74.


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Inventory: RS 1316
  
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