View from Fern Tree Walk, Jamaica, c.1870
Oil on canvas, 20.87 x 35.43 inches [53 x 90 cm]
Probably inspired by Church's South American landscapes, Heade traveled to Brazil in 1863 to devote himself to painting the exotic and beautifully colored hummingbirds. While there, he created a few landscapes during a six-month sojourn to such places as Rio de Janeiro Bay and Jamaica including Sunset: Harbor at Rio (1864). Also on view in this gallery is one of Heade's most magnificent landscapes, View from Fern Tree Walk, Jamaica (1887), one of the largest paintings Heade ever produced (4 feet by 7 feet), commissioned by the Florida developer Henry Morrison Flagler and now owned by the renowned Manoogian Collection in Detroit.