Water-color Painting of "Carson Valley", (painting)
Goddard, Geo. H.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
Best Painting in Water-Colors.--To G.H. Goddard, of Sacramento first premium. Subject, "Carson Valley." This sketch, we are informed, was taken at Warner's Station, formerly kept by Dr. Murdock, with the "camera lucida," after nature, in the winter of eighteen hundred and fifty-three, by Mr. Roddard, while serving as one of the Surveyors on the railroad Exploring Expedition of Lieutenant Moore, United States Army. The view looks south along the chain of the eastern range of the Sierra Nevada, and is admirably graduated in scale from distance to foreground, displaying a conscientious attention to the minutest details, and evidencing careful studies "On the spot." . . . As a type of the desolate and dreary appearance virgin nature presents during the winter afternoon as the lengthening shadows indicate at the great hight [sic] of some five thousand feet above the sea, the picture is perfect. The solitary station-house with its surroundings, and the recently-arrived emigrant wagon and pioneers, alone give evidence of life. . . . But now the essential feature of the scene is subdued repose, interrupted save by the wind-swept clouds overhead, which, nevertheless, show, also, a serene gradation of color. The whole composition of this picture pleases us better than either of the two others on exhibition by the same artist. [P. 209; see entries 02620084 and 02620085 for other works noted in this commentary.]