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American progress - Print, Library of Congress collection


American progress - Print, Library of Congress collection



Print shows an allegorical female figure of America leading pioneers westward, as they travel on foot, in a stagecoach, conestoga wagon, and by railroads, where they encounter Native Americans and herds of bison.
Copyright by George A. Crofutt.
After 1872 painting of the same title by John Gast.
Includes registration marks and color bars.
Mounted on verso is an advertisement from "Crofutt's Western World" for "The Chromo 'American Progress,' [which] is given free to each subscriber", with a description of the print.
Original painting purchased by Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, 1992.
Published in: American women : a Library of Congress guide for the study of women's history and culture in the United States / edited by Sheridan Harvey ... [et al.]. Washington : Library of Congress, 2001, p. 225.
Exhibited: "A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry, 1860-1960" at the Yeshiva University Museum, New York, New York, 2005-2006.

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Alois Senefelder, the inventor of lithography, introduced the subject of colored lithography in 1818. Printers in other countries, such as France and England, were also started producing color prints. The first American chromolithograph—a portrait of Reverend F. W. P. Greenwood—was created by William Sharp in 1840. Chromolithographs became so popular in American culture that the era has been labeled as "chromo civilization". During the Victorian times, chromolithographs populated children's and fine arts publications, as well as advertising art, in trade cards, labels, and posters. They were also used for advertisements, popular prints, and medical or scientific books.





Crofutt, George A.


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