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Chromolithograph of "Mirage on the Colorado Desert"

Chromolithograph of "Mirage on the Colorado Desert"

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This chromolithograph of “Mirage on the Colorado Desert” was originally drawn by William P. Blake (1826–1910), the mineralogist and geologist of the expedition. It was printed as "Geology, Plate XII" in the geological report of the second part of volume V of Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, “Routes in California, to Connect with the Routes near the Thirty–Fifth and Thirty–Second Parallels, Explored by Lieutenant R. S. Williamson, Corps of Topographical Engineers, in 1853” by William P. Blake. The volume was printed in 1857 by Beverley Tucker in Washington, D.C.
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Object Name
Object Type
Tinted Lithograph
date made
U.S. War Department
Tucker, Beverley
expedition leader
Williamson, Robert Stockton
Blake, William Phipps
original artist
Blake, William Phipps
graphic artist
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Command
Place Made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
paper (overall materials)
ink (overall materials)
overall: 21 cm x 29.5 cm; 8 1/4 in x 11 5/8 in
ID Number
accession number
Credit Line
Estate of Lt. Col. Edgar A. Mearns, USA (Ret.)
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