The Pioneer


An idealized embodiment of the American pioneer.

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This charming family scene from the “Far West” shows a father felling trees with his young son and drinking out of (likely home made) stone crockery. The wife can be seen in the background, washing clothes outside of the log cabin.

A photocopy of the accompanying text praises the concept; “There is progress everywhere and the vanguard – the pioneers of civilization – are actuated and inspired by the principles which have made America free and glorious.”

The image was based on a drawing by Alfred Waud and published as the title page for the May 2, 1868 issue of Harper’s Weekly. Waud, an English-born artist, covered the Civil War for Harper’s Weekly and New York Illustrated News and created numerous illustrations for “Picturesque America.”

Map Details

Publication Date: 1868

Author: Alfred Waud

Sheet Width (in): 11.00

Sheet Height (in): 15.60

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Minor soiling and faint toning visible in the margins, with a few small spots close to the image. The sheet has a ragged left binding edge, but remains in very good condition overall.


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