Amon Carter print details

Black-crowned Night Heron

Scott Gentling (1942-2011), Stuart Gentling (1942-2006)

Object Details

  • Date


  • Medium

    Graphite, opaque and transparent watercolor on paper

  • Dimensions

    Image: 26 3/16 x 20 1/8 in.
    Sheet: 27 15/16 x 22 in.

  • Inscriptions

    Sheet, Recto:

    l.l. in graphite: Painted by Scott Gentling Nov 21, 1983 \ Bird drawn by Stuart Gentling

    l.l. in black ink: BLACK-CROWNED \ NIGHT HERON

    l.c. in graphite: Black Crowned Night Heron \ Nycticorax nycticorax

  • Collection Name

    Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Gentling Collection

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, which acquired the work through the support of the Leo Potishman Foundation

  • Accession Number


  • Copyright

    © Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Object Description

Moonlight glimmers off water in the far distance of this scene, marking the course of Texas’s Brazos River as it recedes toward the horizon. Fort Worth painters Scott and Stuart Gentling wanted this picture to inspire memories of the river’s past life. “Camping at night on the Brazos River was one of the highlights of our growing-up years,” Scott explained. During the 1960s, when the brothers were in their 20s, the last of a series of dams was completed on the Brazos, changing the flow of the river and forever altering the lives of humans and animals along its banks.

Black-crowned Night Heron is one of 40 watercolors of birds that the Gentlings painted for Of Birds and Texas (1986), an elephant folio of color prints. The Carter houses these original paintings along with the largest public collection of art and archival material related to the Gentlings’ life and work.

—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023)

Additional details

Location: Off view


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