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Valley of the Yosemite

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Following his first trip to the Rocky Mountains [47.1202] in 1859, Albert Bierstadt returned to the western United States in 1863 with his friend, the author Fitz Hugh Ludlow. Both men were tremendously impressed by the splendor of the landscape. Ludlow published his assessment of the scenery in...

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Lower right: ABierstadt./64. [AB in monogram]


April 1864, Metropolitan (Sanitary) Fair Auction, New York to James Lenox (1800-1880), New York for $1600; 1870, Lenox Library, New York; 1895, Lenox Foundation, New York Public Library; 1943, with Coleman Auction Galleries, New York; 1943, with A. F. Mondschein, New York; 1943, sold by A. F. Mondschein to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1947, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1947)

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Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865



30.16 x 48.89 cm (11 7/8 x 19 1/4 in.)

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Oil on paperboard