Yosemite Valley
36 in HIGH x 54 in WIDE
(91.44 cm HIGH x 137.16 cm WIDE)
Gift of Miss Marguerite Laird in memory of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Laird

BL: ABierstadt 1868
Verso labels TLSB: (Can. stamp)-Snow & May's Gallery, S.F. TRSB: David Stuart Galleries, L.A. TRSB: Calif. Palace of Legion of Honor, S.F.
The Brooklyn Museum,N.Y., "Albert Bierstadt" Spring, 1991.

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1868 NOTES: Handbook Selection, 1984. Hendricks, Gordon. Albert Bierstadt: Painter of the American West. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, 1973. (ill) Mills, Paul, and Ferbrache, Lewis. "The Yosemite Valley by Albert Bierstadt, N.A." Oakland, California: Oakland Art Museum, 1964. (pamphlet) REF: The Story of America. New York: eader's Digest Association, Inc., 1974. (ill) P. Mills: 1968 date indicates that the painting was executed in Rome, Italy. Probably based on oil sketches executed during his visit to Yosemite in 1863. ARTIST BIRTH: 1830 ARTIST DEATH: 1902

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