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by Jeffrey Coven
The Prints of Ernest Fiene:
A Catalogue Raisonné -- in progress
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Colonial Church [2]
Catalogue Entry # 91
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Date: 1949

Medium: Lithograph

Edition: 10 trial proofs*

Dimensions: 8 5/8 x 13 in.

Printer: George C. Miller

Typical pencil annotations on impressions from the edition (of trial proofs): just below the image: Titled and numbered (x/10 trial proof) (l.l); signed and dated (l.r.);**

Public collections holding this print: Currently Unknown (CU)

Topic galleries for this print:
1. Churches
2. Nocturnes
3. Winter Scenes


Title: Two prints in the catalogue bear the title "Colonial Church." We have designated them "Colonial Church [1]"and "Colonial Church [2]," where the numbers in square brackets have been assigned, for purposes of clarification, by us not the artist.

*Edition: Three observed impressions are annotated "trial proof" and are numbered as part of an edition of ten trial proofs. (See below.) The annotation on one unobserved impression indicates there is a full edition of 40, none of which has been observed.

**Setting: Some impressions are annotated as follows: "Colonial Church, Stexney, CT" (lower center edge of sheet). Although the annotation reads "Stexney," the location of the church is Stepney, CT, very near Easton.

Related Works: Colonial Church is a very similar yet significantly reworked version of New Snow (1946). Why Fiene decided to rework the image three years later is not known, especially as he had expressed satisfaction with New Snow. The reversed image probably derived from Fiene drawing Colonial Church on the stone, using New Snow as a model. Therefore, when printed, Colonial Church appears on the paper with a reversed orientation. (See below.)

New Snow

Colonial Church

It appears that Fiene used the same church in Stepney, Connecticut as the subject for three lithographs: Colonial Church, 1949 (above); New Snow, 1946; and Colonial Church, c.1948.

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