Water Color Sketch of Surveying Party

George E. Gladwin (1829-1920) taught drawing at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute for almost thirty years, and spent his free time making drawings, paintings and sketches. This charming image depicts four men along a rural sea shore. One holds a vertical rod, one looks through a telescopic plane table, and two sit on the ground. These men may be working for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, the organization that transferred this image to the Smithsonian. The signature in lower left reads “Geo. E. Gladwin 1895.”
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Object Name
water color sketch of surveying party
date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 9 1/2 in x 22 in; 24.13 cm x 55.88 cm
overall: 9 1/2 in x 22 1/4 in; 24.13 cm x 56.515 cm
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Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
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Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey

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