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William Merritt Chase

Terrace, Prospect Park
about 1887
pastel
9 5/16 x 13 13/16 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly

William Merritt Chase drew Terrace, Prospect Park at an important moment in his career. After years of traveling back and forth to Europe and developing his skills as a portrait painter, in 1886 Chase married Alice Gerson and settled down in Brooklyn. He turned his attention to the natural world around him, especially Prospect Park in Brooklyn and Central Park in Manhattan.