Title: Manifest Destiny, (painting)Westward Ho, (painting)Spirit of the Frontier, (painting)
Oil on canvas
Museum of the American West 4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles California 90027
Christie, Manson & Woods, International, Sale 7458 (May 28, 1992), lot 39.
American Heritage, Vol. IX, No. 3, April, 1958.
A woman with long blond hair, dressed in classical style in a flowing white gown that is off one shoulder, floats westward through the air. She is the figure of "Progress", and on her forehead is a gold star, the "Star of Empire." In her proper right arm she holds a book, and telegraph wire is looped around her elbow. In her proper left hand she is trailing the telegraph wire westward. On the ground below her, three trains travel westward, as do a stagecoach, a covered wagon, farmers with cattle, and men on horseback, including a pony express rider. In the left side of the painting, Indians and buffalo are retreating westward from Progress, leaving behind buffalo skeletons.
History--United States--Westward Expansion
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums