Engraved woodblock of "Light House Rock in the Canyon of Desolation"

This engraved woodblock of “Light House Rock in the Canyon of Desolation” was prepared by Henry Hobart Nichols (1838-1887) and the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.; the print was published in 1875 as Figure 17 (p.49) in Report of the Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and Its Tributaries. Explored in 1869, 1870, 1871, and 1872, under the direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution by John Wesley Powell (1834-1902).
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Object Name
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
Government Printing Office
Bureau of American Ethnology
Powell, John Wesley
graphic artist
Nichols, H. H.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
overall: 11.2 cm x 8.6 cm x 2.3 cm; 4 7/16 in x 3 3/8 in x 7/8 in
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Cultures & Communities
Science & Mathematics
Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
Natural Resources
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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