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Title A Forty-niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Jounral of John Hudson, 1848-50
Creator Hudson, John, 1826-1850
Subject Frontier and pioneer life; Letters; Diaries -- Authorship; Mormons
Subject Local Mormons --Utah--Biography; Frontier and pioneer life --Utah; West (U.S.) --Description and travel; Utah --Description and travel
Description John Hudson, artist and writer, chronicles his travels from New York City across the Plains towards California to partake in the Gold Rush. What was to have been a temporary stop in Salt Lake City stretches to sixteen months and includes participation in Captain Howard Stansbury's expedition of the Great Salt Lake.
Publisher Tanner Trust Fund University of Utah Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Contributors Madsen, Brigham D.; Cooley, Everett L.; Tyler, S. Lyman; Ward, Margery W.
Type Text
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Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah, the Mormons, and the West, no. 11
Coverage Time: 1848-50
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Holding Institution J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.
Source Physical Dimensions 14.75 cm x 23 cm
Source Characteristics Printed Hard Cover Book
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Kenning Arlitsch; Jan Robertson
ARK ark:/87278/s6v1242x
Topic Mormons; Frontier and pioneer life; United States, West; Utah; Letters; Diaries--Authorship
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327931
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x

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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 037
Description August 1848-February 1849 road to fortune: I cannot sav that I leave their home with regret, as man. Remember me affectionately to all Friends who take an in- terest in me & tell Fanny Pattersen that I cannot express how much I am obliged to her for the offer of writing; tell her that I have & always shall continue to feel as a Brother towards her & were it practicable I would be happy to correspond with her, even if her communication was tagged on to a letter from Jim. Why all the hullabaloo about his little bit of Courting sure it is an agreeable mode & a legitimate of spending spare hours & even should he marry the amiable & interesting Miss Pritchard I do not know any one who could present a wife with so many of the sweets of life as our Friend. You ask about the success of Artists here, I should like Mr Henshaw to know the result of my investigation into the state of the Arts in N. Y.44 There is first, very little taste that is discrimi- natory taste, & as a consequence bad copys of old masters are most in vogue. I have been informed by an Artist that there are now ZOO of this Profession in the City scarcely one of them real- izing a livelihood; this is the depot for all the rubbish painted in the European schools & pictures are often sold for 50 cts or 1 Dollar. there will no doubt arise a better state of things eventually the Art Union is doing a great deal towards disseminating a taste & assist- ing Artists but these facts present the actual state of the Fine Arts in 44 John Hudson is here adopting the attitude held by most Europeans and reflected in the Edinburgh Reyiew's famous question, "In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book? or goes to an American play? or looks at an American picture or statue?" The American Art Union, originally founded as The Apollo Association in 1810, had long had the objectives of scattering "abroad works of native art among the masses of people, who are not able to pay such high prices as the rich can afford" and of encouraging young artists in their first efforts. It was run by a committee of 21 people, had 761 dues-paying members in 1848, and exhibited its paintings and other art objects at a picture gallery located at 497 Broadway. The five dollar subscriber fee, plus contributions from donors, were used to purchase works of art after which they were distributed among the members. On December 23, 1848, the New York Tribune announced the "Annual Distribution of Prizes" by the American Art Union with about 3,000 people in attendance and a sub- scription list of 16,475 people for 1848. Hudson might not have agreed but the news writer thought "The American Art Union has surpassed that of London during the past year." L. Maria Child, Letters from New York (New York: C. S. Francis and Company, 1846), pp. 215-19; New York City Directory, Appendix, p. 12; Belden, New York, p. 116. 37
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Source A Forty-niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Journal of John Hudson, 1848-50
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-14
Date Modified 2005-04-14
ID 327722
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327722