Charles Gulager. “Yosemite Valley–Cathedral Rock.” New York: Colton, Zahm, & Roberts, ca. 1870. Chromolithograph, mounted on original canvas backing with publisher stamp. 11 x 13 3/4. In original frame with original label on back (with wear to label). Some creases in surface, with slight cracking; else very good condition.
An original antique print of Yosemite Valley done in chromolithography. In the second half of the nineteenth century, print publishers began to issue chromolithographs that were intended to duplicate the appearance of oil paintings. This style of print was developed by Prang & Co. out of Boston, but soon other publishers joined in. These prints were a way for Americans of the middle class to hang art work that had the appearance of oil paintings in their homes at prices they could afford. Colton, Zahm, & Roberts was a firm from New York that issued a number of these prints, including this lovely view of Yosemite Valley, with Cathedral Rock in the distance. The image was drawn by Charles Gulager (1826-1898), the grandson of the important early American portrait painter Christian Gullager. Gulager did a number interesting images of the Civil War, during which he served in the Pennsylvania cavalry. He also is known for his marine and ship images. With the handsome original frame, this image of Yosemite is a fine example of American printmaking in the post-Civil War period.