Engraved woodblock of a "Bird’s-eye view of cliffs of erosion"

Description
This engraved woodblock of the “Bird’s-eye view of cliffs of erosion” was prepared and printed by the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.; the image was published in 1875 as Figure 74 (p.162) in The Exploration of the Colorado River of the West by John Wesley Powell (1834-1902). Henry Hobart Nichols (1838-1887) engraved the illustration which “depicts the Shin-ar’-ump Cliffs, Vermillion Cliffs, and Gray Cliffs, in order from right to left.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
block
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
1875
printer
Government Printing Office
publisher
Bureau of American Ethnology
author
Powell, John Wesley
graphic artist
Nichols, H. H.
block maker
V. W. & Co.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 15.5 cm x 11.3 cm x 2.3 cm; 6 1/8 in x 4 7/16 in x 7/8 in
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
1980.0219.1562
accession number
1980.0219
catalog number
1980.0219.1562
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
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Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
Communications
Art
Natural Resources
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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