Auction 114, Lot 214

"Mount Shasta", Smillie, James D.

Subject: California

Period: 1873 (dated)

Publication: Picturesque America Vol. I

Color: Black & White

9.2 x 5.7 inches
23.4 x 14.5 cm

"Picturesque America" was published by Appleton & Co., New York, 1872-75. It was the most elaborate publication of travel imagery produced in the 1870s. This publication set out to reveal the unique and varied scenery of all of America. This was made possible by the recent opening of transcontinental railroads and overland communications. It was considered the definitive treatment of the American landscape, and its appearance just before the nation's Centennial graphically marked the United States' progress in exploration and development of scenic wonders during its first century. Appleton employed many of America's most celebrated and respected artists to prepare the illustrations. Click here to see a complete list of the 49 steel engravings. Click here to see a complete list of the 578 wood engravings.

One of the most delightful and popular scenes from the elaborate Picturesque America. Drawn by the esteemed Western artist J.D. Smillie and engraved by E.P. Brandard, the scene depicts a small Indian camp in a meadow below the snowy peaked mountain.


Condition: A

Fine, dark impression

Estimate: $80 - $100


Closed on 3/1/2006