Across the Rockies


“Across the Rocky Mountains.”  Cincinnati: William M. Donaldson & Co., 1879.  22 1/2 x 29 1/2.  Chromolithograph.  Some mottling in sky, but overall very good condition.  Mounted on board as issued.  Framed.


A striking Western scene, produced in chromolithography by the Donaldson Company in Cincinnati.  This firm specialized in circus posters, but also produced fine chromolithographs for framing and display, such as this dramatic print.  The Rocky Mountains are shown towering over a forested valley.  Snow, clouds and mist hug the mountain peaks.   In the foreground are some Indians pointing as the train bursts thru the tunnel opening; this print was issued shortly after the opening of the first trans-continental railroad.  The whole scene is a wonderful representation of Manifest Destiny.  Man’s ability to over come any topographical obstacle and his inevitable quest to conquer the West.  Overall a very atmospheric and dramatic image of the Rocky Mountains.