Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined

September 2, 2022

– October 21, 2022

Westward expansion was one of the most transformational elements in American life throughout the nineteenth century.
George Catlin, Buffalo Bull, Grazing, 1844, hand-colored lithograph, 21 x 25, private collection.Photo: E.G. Schempf

Westward expansion was one of the most transformational elements in American life throughout the nineteenth century. Printed imagery played an important role in the dissemination of knowledge and understanding about the West and those who inhabited it. Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined features 48 hand-colored engravings and lithographs that explore these depictions and the influence artists had on the perception of the wild west.

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