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Auction 181, Lot 189

"Emigrants Crossing the Plains", Darley, F. O. C.

Subject: Western United States, Print

Period: 1872-74 (published)

Publication: Picturesque America

Color: Hand Color

8.4 x 5.6 inches
21.3 x 14.2 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.

This fine steel engraving depicts a wagon train traveling along one of the many trails leading to the American West. It illustrates one of the most stirring chapters in American history and evokes the fortitude that drove pioneers toward future prosperity. Engraved by H.B. Hall Jr. Published by Appleton & Co.


Condition: A

Near fine with a couple of faint spots in the right blank margin.

Estimate: $75 - $100

Sold for: $110

Closed on 2/10/2021