Dead Mountain, Mojave Valley.Colorado Exploring Expedition. General Report - Plate IV.
[Washington: Government Printing Office. 1861.]
Tinted lithograph. Printed area 165 x 220mm (6½ x 8¾").
A snow-covered peak, apparently an invention of the artist, Balduin Möllhausen, as it resembles the view of Chimborazo by his hero Humboldt. Lieutenant Amiel W. Whipple, on whose 1853-4 expedition to plan an intercontinental railroad Möllhausen served, said that the only thing he painted accurately was a Navajo blanket. From the 'Report Upon The Colorado River of the West, Explored in 1857 and 1858 By Lieutenant Joseph C. Ives, Corps Of Topographical Engineers, Under The Direction Of The Office Of Explorations And Surveys, A.A. Humphreys, Captain Topographical Engineers, In Charge.'
S.J. Pyne: How the Canyon Became Grand: A Short History.
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