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The Shadow in the East following Third Contact / LL "D.O. Stephens" - "Peru 1937"

Identifier: Art Survey No. 19

Scope and Contents

Mountains, buildings, and crowd in foreground / clouds, light and stars in background. "The first bit of sunlight strikes the mountain top eclipse camp as the moon's shadow retreats to the east." Inscription: On stretcher " 'The Shadow in the East following Third Contact'/ made at time of Eclipse - Cerro de Pasco, Peru 14,400/painted June 1937 two days after from sketch/D.O. Stephens - This shows the eclipse site and crowd."


  • 1937


Biographical / Historical

Born in: PA; Died in: Balboa/Panama Canal Zone. Active in: PA.Member of AMNH-Grace Peruvian Eclipse Expedition, 1937 died on return trip. Exhibits at AMNH 9/24/1934-10/21/1934 "Astronomical Paintings" and 9/27/1937-10/31/1937 "Astronomical Paintings." Stephens was a noted painter of astronomical subjects and an author and architect.


1 Object : painting : oil on canvas ; 29 7/8 x 36 in.

Language of Materials



Good, dirty (2).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Junior Astronomy Club, AMNH; 9/28/1937.

Related Materials

Negative #315300; 4"x5" slide #4059; 35mm slide #0.

Exhibition Note

9/27 - 10/31/1937 AMNH "Astronomical Paintings by the late D. Owen Stephens."

Local Note

A-308, ASTRO-35476.

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The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017).

Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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