New Mexico Art Tells its History

Indians Grinding Corn

Indians Grinding Corn, circa 1875
Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh (American, 1854 - 1935)
oil on canvas board, 17 1/2 x 23 1/4 in. (44.5 x 59.1 cm) (image)
Museum acquisition, before 1965

Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, born in McConnelsville, Ohio, was hired at age seventeen as the artist to accompany Major John Wesley Powell’s second Colorado River expedition, a three-year project that ended in the Grand Canyon. He made further trips west, including New Mexico, Arizona, and California, which set the tone for his landscape paintings. The paintings he made in the summer of 1903 at Zion Canyon were exhibited in the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair where spectators could not believe such a place actually existed, and ultimately contributed to the establishment of Zion National Park.



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