Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Lure Of The Great West



This hand colored lithograph was made by Gaylord Watson in 1881, showing an idealized view of life in the West. Probably created to encourage immigration from the Midwest and East, the artist shows an idyllic life, with grazing cattle and sheep and people engaged in hunting, surveying and mining, served by railroads and riverboats. Panoramic vistas are framed by bountiful crops. The overall image was one many could not resist.

3 comments:

Sweet Repose said...

You'd have a hard time keeping me here on the plains after a view like that!!!

So right on the picture...someone else must go...BUT WHO!!!

Eryl Shields said...

I'm pretty sure I'd have fallen for it!

High Desert Diva said...

Pretty though