The Mint Museum has pieces of its collection spread across two buildings; Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph. These collections can be seen on view alongside our special exhibitions.

The Mint Museum is working diligently to ensure that all objects from our collection are represented on our website, at this time only a portion are available for view.

Nature's Rushing Force
Williams Charles Anthony Frerichs

oil paint canvas

Currently on view at Mint Museum--UPTOWN

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary

This massive painting reflects the mid-19th century interest in the power of the natural world, represented here by the force of the swift currents of cascading water. That such awe-inspiring places were found in this country was regarded as a divine endorsement of American progress. William Frerichs lived in North Carolina from 1855 to 1868; he taught at the Greensboro Female College until 1863 when a fire destroyed his studio and most of his paintings. By 1868 he had moved to Staten Island. This painting is likely a composite of sites that the artist had sketched during his time in the mountains of North Carolina.

Accession Number: 1991.25


height: 58 inches
width: 91.5 inches

Copyright Information:
Public Domain

In order to access a high-resolution image, please submit a request via the Mint’s Reproduction Request Form. Fees may apply.

All records for works of art published on have been reviewed by curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our collections database comprises information gathered over the museum’s history; consequently, some records may be missing information, include offensive or discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas and analyses. The Mint is committed to addressing these issues and revising our records so as to maintain the highest possible degree of accuracy in accordance with scholarly standards.  

If you would like to suggest improvements to a record, please submit your feedback here.    

The Museum assumes no responsibility for infraction of copyright laws, invasion of privacy or improper and /or illegal use that may arise from reproduction of this image. The user assumes full responsibility for the use of images obtained from the Museum, to obtain permission from copyright holders where applicable and to hold harmless the Museum and its agents against any and all damages and claims arising or resulting from the use of the images.