Sunset, Lake Michigan


The timeless sublimity of a Lake Michigan sunset, in black and white.

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This stunning print of Lake Michigan shows several ships of various makes plying the waters at sunset. Rays of light emanate from behind the clouds, illuminating the sails and waves. The verso shows a small view of the shore of Lake Michigan, an apparently inhospitable place with animal bones and flotsam.

The view was drawn by Alfred Waud, an artist best known today for his illustrations made for Harper’s Weekly during the American Civil War. One of Waud’s descendants, Cornelius, would later become the mayor of Lake Forest, Illinois.

The print was included in Picturesque America, a popular two-volume publication issued in New York by D. Appleton & Company in 1872. The work’s numerous essays and hundreds of engravings had a profound impact on American cultural identity and conservation practices in the late 19th century.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1872

Author: Alfred Waud

Sheet Width (in): 9.6

Sheet Height (in): 12.4

Condition: A

Condition Description: Faintly toned around the edges, consistent with age, and light wear along the upper (binding) edge. Attractive hand color.


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