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Creator Name: Bierstadt, Albert
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1830-1902
Creator Name-CRT: Albert Bierstadt
Title: The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1863
Creation End Date: 1863
Creation Date: 1863
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 73 1/2 x 120 3/4 in. (186.7 x 306.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 07.123
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907
This painting is the major work that resulted from the artist's first trip to the West. His intention to create panoramic views of the American frontier was apparent by December 1858, just before he embarked on the trip. In early 1859 he accompanied a government survey expedition, headed by Frederick W. Lander, to the Nebraska Territory. By summer, the party had reached the Wind River Range of the Rocky Mountains in what is now Wyoming. Bierstadt dubbed the central mountain in the picture Lander's Peak following the colonel's death in the Civil War. This was one of a number of large works painted after Bierstadt's return from these travels. It was completed in 1863, exhibited to great acclaim, and purchased in 1865 for the then-astounding sum of $25,000 by James McHenry, an American living in London. Bierstadt later bought it back and gave or sold it to his brother Edward.
AMICA ID: MMA_.07.123
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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