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Donner Lake from the Summit
Date: 1873
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 6 1/8 × 10 ft. 3/16 in. (183.2 cm × 3 m 5.3 cm) Framed: 6 ft. 8 3/8 in. × 10 ft. 8 1/4 in. × 3 1/2 in. (204.2 cm × 3 m 25.8 cm × 8.9 cm)
Description: Landscape which depicts the summit at which the Central Railroad reaches its highest passage over the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in California; Donner Lake is below the mountain range.
Credit Line: Gift of Archer Milton Huntington
Object Number: 1909.16
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Marks: signed: at lower left: "A. Bierstadt"

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This painting was commissioned by Collis P. Huntington, the railroad king. The scene was taken from a study made by Bierstadt on his trip to the West between the years 1871 to 1873. The painting is also titled "View of Donner Lake,California."


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