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

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

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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
block, engraved wood
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
ca 1875
1875
printer
Government Printing Office
publisher
Bureau of American Ethnology
author
Powell, John Wesley
graphic artist
Nichols, H. H.
block maker
V. W. & Co.
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York City
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
ID Number
1980.0219.1562
accession number
1980.0219
catalog number
1980.0219.1562
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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