Mother Lode Inn
circa 1850
5.5 in HIGH x 7.875 in WIDE
(13.97 cm HIGH x 20.00 cm WIDE)
Art Acquisition Fund

frame, gat, glazing
The Oakland Museum, "Art of the Gold Rush," Jan. 24 - May 31, 1998.Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, "Art of the Gold Rush," June 21 - 13 Sept, 1998.National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., "Art of the Gold R

This is a watercolor, gouache, and graphite painting on paper. The composition shows a rural landscape with tall trees and several gable roof buildings connected by dirt roads. A figure leads a team of oxen pulling a cart with a large section of tree trunk at lower right. A group of adults, children, and two dogs are painted in the foreground at bottom center. Several other figures are visible in the distance just left of center near a large building with a saltbox roof. Large hills appear in the background of the image against a blue sky.

PROVENANCE: Private collection, Piedmont, California LITERATURE: Driesbach, Janice Tolhurst, Art of the Gold Rush, Oakland, California, 1998, p. 71, no. 24, illus. fig. 59.

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