Gold Mining, Central City

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 496

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

61.299

Medium or Technique

Watercolor on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Watercolors

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.

Inscription

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

Provenance

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