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American Progress, (painting)

Title: Manifest Destiny, (painting)Westward Ho, (painting)Spirit of the Frontier, (painting)
Painter:
Gast, John
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Culture:
Indian
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of the American West 4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles California 90027
Date:
1872
Notes:
Christie, Manson & Woods, International, Sale 7458 (May 28, 1992), lot 39.
American Heritage, Vol. IX, No. 3, April, 1958.
Summary:
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.
Topic:
Allegory--Other--Progress
Allegory--Other--Civilization
Allegory--Place--America
History--United States--Westward Expansion
Figure group
Ethnic
Animal--Buffalo
Travel--Land--Train
Travel--Land--Carriage
Travel--Land--Wagon
Landscape--United States
Control number:
IAP 81881012
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_219837

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