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John Gast, American Progress 1872
John Gast, American Progress 1872
12 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches

John Gast, a Brooklyn based painter and lithographer, painted this picture in 1872 on commission for George Crofutt, the publisher of a popular series of western travel guides. Few Americans saw the actual painting, but many encountered it in reproduction. Crofutt included an engraving of it in his guidebooks and produced a large chromolithographic version for his subscribers.
image: Prints and Photographs division, Library of Congress