Gold Mining, Central City

August 28, 1861
Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (American (born in Germany), 1816–1868)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 496


Sheet: 35.1 x 26.3 cm (13 13/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Watercolor on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Two trees framing sluiceway, center, in mountainside. Cabin left. The Gregory and Potball gold mines in Colorado were the most productive of those opened up by the Pike’s Peak gold rush of 1859. The sketch was makde on a trip to the Rocky Mountains in preparation for a mural, “Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way,” commissioned in 1860 for the southwest staircase of the Capitol at Washington.


Inscribed lower left in graphite: Central City. / Colorado Teritory / Augst 28th 1861; lower right: Gregory Extension


Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA May 10, 1961

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875