The Rocky Mountains (Lander's Peak): BIERSTADT, Albert (1830-1902)

The Rocky Mountains (Lander's Peak)

BIERSTADT, Albert (1830-1902)

Published by Edward Bierstadt, 1866
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Steel engraving by James Smillie. Signed in pencil by James Smillie. After the painting, completed in 1863. In 1859, Bierstadt joined an expedition to the West led by Colonel Frederick W. Lander. This work was painted four years later in New York as a tribute to Lander who died in 1862 after a distinguished military career. Bierstadt found it fitting to name the central summit in memory of his fallen friend. The painting was a huge success and was quickly bought by the English railroad magnate James McHenry for $25,000. Its beauty lies in Bierstadt's faithful delineation of the Shoshone Indian village encampment and carefully rendered foliage in the foreground with a middle distance featuring a reflective body of water and the exaggerated snow-capped peak in the background towering over the entire scene. It perfectly embodies the idea of Manifest Destiny and appealed to the imaginations of most Americans who had only read about our untamed frontier. The oil painting is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Due to its huge popular success, Bierstadt immediately asked James Smillie, America's premier engraver, to produce an engraving. However, it was not until December 1866, after three laborious years in the making, that this engraving was published. Nancy Anderson and Linda S. Ferber, Albert Bierstadt Art & Enterprise , pp. 272-273, number 77, illustrated figure 80. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Rocky Mountains (Lander's Peak)
Publisher: Edward Bierstadt
Publication Date: 1866

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After ALBERT BIERSTADT [1830-1902] American Painter.
Published by [Published by Thomas McLean, 1869]. 19.25 x 32.25in to mount opening. (1869)
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Book Description [Published by Thomas McLean, 1869]. 19.25 x 32.25in to mount opening., 1869. Chromolithograph, laid down on backing board, with old mount, a few tiny surface flaws, some very faint spotting in sky, This was the first of Bierstadt's 'Great Pictures' completed in 1863 that brought him fame and fortune. As his rival Frederic Church did, the format for a 'Great Picture' was to produce a large panoramic landscape (here 6 x 10 feet) and exhibit it to a wide public at a one picture touring exhibition, which was accompanied by explanatory brochures and promoted by reproductions. The original painting was purchased by the English railway magnate James McHenry for $25,000. Even though privately owned it was exhibited at McLean's London gallery in 1866. In 1867 Bierstadt took it with 'A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Rosalie' to Osborne House to show Queen Victoria. They were both exhibited at McLean's in 1868 when the production of this chromolithograph was under way. These prints were sold laid down to emulate paintings. The surface even recreates the cracklure of oil paintings. The announcement of this chromolithograph with its companion was first made in January 1868 but they were not issued until autumn 1869. Accounts of their production vary one suggesting twenty stones were employed and another thirty.The original painting is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This print is a sumptuous reproduction of one of the finest early paintings to depict the American West. Commenting on these prints which were then being exhibited at Goupil's of New York, the 'Post' newspaper (4 Oct. 1869) wrote 'They are unquestionably the finest examples of chromolithographic art'.The mountain is named after Frederick W. Lander [1821-1862] whose surveying party to the Rocky Mountains Bierstadt joined in 1859, when the artist made the preliminary drawings for this 'Great Picture'.Reference: ANDERSON, N. & FERBER, L.S. 'Albert Bierstadt Art & Enterprise' Exhibition Catalogue. Brooklyn Museum, 1991. This chromolithograph is discussed on pp. 274-275, figure 89, and illustrated in colour, Plate 78 on p. 291. Seller Inventory # RGW19436

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Book Description Edward Bierstadt, New York, 1866. Steel engraving by James Smillie. Proof before title, signed by Bierstadt and Smillie. After the painting, completed in 1863. Fine condition. In 1859, Bierstadt joined an expedition to the West led by Colonel Frederick W. Lander. This work was painted four years later in New York as a tribute to Lander who died in 1862 after a distinguished military career. Bierstadt found it fitting to name the central summit in memory of his fallen friend. The painting was a huge success and was quickly bought by the English railroad magnate James McHenry for $25,000. Its beauty lies in Bierstadt's faithful delineation of the Shoshone Indian village encampment and carefully rendered foliage in the foreground with a middle distance featuring a reflective body of water and the exaggerated snow-capped peak in the background towering over the entire scene. It perfectly embodies the idea of Manifest Destiny and appealed to the imaginations of most Americans who had only read about our untamed frontier. The oil painting is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Due to its huge popular success, Bierstadt immediately asked James Smillie, America's premier engraver, to produce an engraving. However, it was not until December 1866, after three laborious years in the making, that this engraving was published. Nancy Anderson and Linda S. Ferber, Albert Bierstadt Art & Enterprise , pp. 272-273, number 77, illustrated figure 80. Seller Inventory # 20722

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