Thunder Storm on Narragansett Bay, 1868
Oil on canvas, 32.12 x 54.5 inches [81.5848 x 138.43 cm]
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth
In 1868 Martin Johnson Heade completed his acknowledged masterpiece, Thunder Storm on Narragansett Bay ,the culmination of the thunderstorm theme he had been exploring for nine years. He probably began the painting in the summer of 1867, and he had finished it by February 1868, when he bought its frame from Seth M. Vose, his dealer in Providence, Rhode Island. No preparatory studies for the painting and virtually no documentation of its history have come to light since its rediscovery in 1943.