Two Pencil Sketches of "Alabaster Cave", (drawing)
Needham, Maud Miss
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
Donated to society's cabinet. [P. 150.] Miss Needham's sketches of the interior of the Marble Cave, in El Dorado County, are unique, and particularly interesting . . . on account of its recent discovery. Extending several hundred feet under a ledge of lime stone, through which the water has been percolating for ages, . . . this cave is made up of crystalline stalactic, stalgmetic, coralloid, and bitryoidal concretions, interpsersed and incrusted among a blackish talc slate . . . . At the extremity of one of the chambers into which the grotto is divided, called the "Chapel," one hundred and fifteen feet in hight [sic], twenty-two feet in width, at the widest point, and eighteen feet from floor to floor, at the highest place, stands the most imposing object of all the grotesque formations, composed of trap rock, covered with crystals of sulphate of lime, about fifteen feet high, and baptized the "Pulpit." This prominent feature of the cave has been strikingly represented by our fair artiste--being brought out boldly in relief from among the innumerable fantastic forms around it. One of these, called the "Angel's Wing," is delineated with such generic drawing and artistic effect as to convey a perfect idea of its scientific structure. . . . These sketches show that Miss Needham is possessed of originality and genius . . . [P. 217; see entry 02620003 for related commentary.]
Transactions of the State Agricultural Society.
Artist address: Yreka, Siskiyou County, California.