Artwork Description: This work began as a high resolution aerial photograph. I then added artistic effects to the image, retaining most of the detail of the subject building, providing a traditional Brandywine School look but from a unique aerial perspective.
This is Breck's Mill on south bank of the Brandywine River in Montchanin, Delaware. The original photograph was taken from 5 feet above the middle of the Brandywine River, facing south and downriver. The Brandywine had frozen and it was a very cold day. I tried to capture not only Breck's Mill from a unique perspective, but to also accentuate the feeling of a bitter cold afternoon.
Breck's Mill, originally built in 1813 was rebuilt in 1846 after a fire. Built by mill owner William Breck for his new wife Gabrielle du Pont, it is just down river of Hagley Mills, the early du Pont black powder mills.
Before steam power, entrepreneurs harnessed the waterpower of the Brandywine River to produce milled flour and weave fabric. By the early 1800s, the early duPont mills were milling gunpowder.
In the 1970s, Breck's Mill was used for musical and theatrical rehearsals and performances by the Brandywiners Society and the Breck's Mill Cronies. Today, Breck's Mill houses the Montchanin Post Office, André Harvey's Sculpture Studio and the Somervile Manning Gallery.
The Breck's Mill Area-Henry Clay Village Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This is a Giclée fine art print, using archival inks on cold-press, acid-free 100% cotton rag watercolor paper, with an estimated 200 year archival life. Prints are 15.5” x 19.5” to fit mat opening of 16” x 20” and frame out to standard size frame holding a 20” x 24” mat. This is one of 250 limited-edition prints. Print is hand-signed and numbered by the artist and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.