Rugged, Wyoming plains-like landscape...

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Posted by Beej ( on 15:43:33 08/28/16

In Reply to: are the paintings posted by Hoot

I just took another look at the four paintings (they were auctioned off by Christie's). All four are landscapes, one with horses and a pair of men, can't make out smaller details because the views are too pixilated. The mountains in the background are quite steep and well-defined, but the foregrounds have fairly lush, but scattered, non-pine vegetation. The auction site has the foregrounds very green, but the print-outs show them yellow grasses.

The art houses insist the pix are the "Wichita Mountains" near Cache Creek, and they were obtained from the Schonborn family. The pix are signed and dated 1863, which would work for the artist being with Pike. That may be, but the artist spent the winter and early spring of 1859-60 camped at the foot of the Laramie Black Hills range, about where Douglas, WY is now, so he certainly knew what THOSE mountains looked like.

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