Image: 18 x 22.7 cm (7 1/16 x 8 15/16 in.)
Mount: 25.2 x 30.5 cm (9 15/16 x 12 in.)
Purchase, The Buddy Taub Foundation Gift, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors, 2012
Not on view
Cure joined the army at age eighteen, rising through the ranks to the level of major in 1855. Perhaps he saw the awkwardly arching limbs and shattered form of this young oak struck by lightning as an analogue for the agonies he had witnessed during the Crimean War, when so many colleagues and friends in his regiment were torn apart by shot and shell. This death portrait of a tree was made almost exactly a year after he was severely wounded and nearly lost his life leading his men successfully into battle during the siege of Sebastapol. Curiously, Cure accidentally killed himself while dynamiting the roots of a tree in his park, Badger Hall, some decades later.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on mount, recto BR below print: "Oak Struck by Lightning // Badger. 1856."; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso TR: "CC21663HL"; BR: "2002.60 // 9"
[...]; Estate of Harry H. Lunn, Jr.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 60," September 11, 2012–January 13, 2013.
Taylor, Roger, and Larry J. Schaaf. Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840–1860. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007. no. 56.