The Precipices of Marble Canyon near Pagump Valley, Arizona

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Title 1885 and 1886 : Images from Albert Tissandier's trips to North America during 1885 and 1886, in the approximate order of their creation.
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Identifier 1978_234a_marbleCanyon.jpg
Title The Precipices of Marble Canyon near Pagump Valley, Arizona
Alternate Title Les precipices de Marble Canon's près de Pagump Valley - (Arizona)
Artist's Notation "Dessin paru dans le Tour du monde (Hachette)"
Creator Tissandier, Albert 1839-1906
Subject Landscape drawings--1880-1890; Marble Canyon (Coconino County, Ariz. : Canyon)--1880-1890
Description Associated text from Albert Tissandier's book Six mois aux États-Unis : voyage d'un touriste dans l'Amérique du nord suivi d'une excursion à Panama (Paris : G. Masson, [1886]), p. 98: "Il faut une grande journée pour aller de Pagump Valley aux Marble Cañons et les visiter. Ce fut en effet une des plus belles excursions de mon voyage. Ces cañons n'ont point le même aspect que les autres gorges de Kaibab. L'aridité est plus grande qu'ailleurs sur ces amphithéâtres immenses : on a sous les yeux la désolation dans ce qu'elle peut avoir de plus grandiose."
Published Location Appears, engraved by Barbant, in Albert Tissandier's article "Voyage d'exploration dans l'Utah et l'Arizona, Kanab et le plateau de Kaibab", in Le tour du monde, v. 51, 1326e livraison ([June?] 1886), p. [367], with the caption "Les Marble Cañons près de Pagump Valley" and with associated text on p. 364 largely identical to that above. (with poor quality reproduction of the image) Reproduced in Beyond the endless river : western American drawings and watercolors of the nineteenth century, by James K. Ballinger ([Phoenix, AZ] : Phoenix Art Museum, 1979), plate 85, p. 173. Reproduced in the exhibition catalog, Albert Tissandier : Drawings of nature and industry in the United States, 1885, by Mary F. Francey ([Salt Lake City, UT] : Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 2001), p. 40.
Related Image For the lithograph made from this drawing see
Short Essay As they reached the edge of Forest Lagoon, Tissandier's party descended through the "inextricable forests" of Kaibab into Pagump. There they met two young Americans who lived in a small cabin. The men raised horses and cattle in this isolated valley where they rarely had visitors. Tissandier noted that "an Indian, a Mormon, a Frenchman and four horses appearing suddenly in the middle of the silence of their valley couldn't fail to interest them." Nathan Adam introduced Tissandier as "a Parisian who has come here to draw the canyons of Arizona". On seeing some of the drawings, the young men, identified in Tissandier's journal as Mr. Gibson and Mr. Gillett, asked their visitors to stay with them for a few days as they had a "treasure" to show them. "Your horses are tired, we will lend you others while they rest." Impressed by the kindness shown by the two men, the party agreed to accept their invitation. The treasure they spoke of was the spectacular Marble Canyon that even Nathan did not know existed, and was interested in taking a side trip in order to visit it. Aware that Adam and Tissandier could make the trip to Marble Canyon and return to Kanab without difficulty, the Indian guide John, decided to return home. The side trip to Marble Canyon took a day but was well worth the extra time as Tissandier noted in his journal entry that: "it was one of the most beautiful excursions" of his voyage. The extremely arid conditions of the desolate, deep canyons and barren plateaus seemed endless and imparted the sense of awe that Tissandier has effectively communicated in this drawing. He commented that the unusually desolate landscape was nothing like the other canyons of Kaibab. Returning to the "tree trunk hut" (log cabin) home of their hosts, the party remained overnight as planned, and the next day they inspected the herds of 1,800 cows and 80 horses on their isolated ranch. Commenting that there had been 500 calves born that season, and if such good luck continued, the two men could soon abandon their solitary and savage way of life.
Publisher Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Contributors Mary F. Francey
Date 1885-06-14
Type Image
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Source Albert Tissandier: Drawings of Nature and Industry in the United States
Language fre
Rights Management Digital image c2001 Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah
Source Physical Dimensions 41.91 cm High x 32.38 cm Wide
Source Characteristics Graphite on paper
Light Source Kaiser Softlite ProVision 6x55W flourescent 5400K daylight
Archival Resolution TIFF: 3990 x 5079 pixels
Display Resolution JPEG: 900 x 1189 pixels
Bit Depth 36-bit color
Scanning Device Leica S1 Pro scanning camera; Hasselblad CFi 50mm F/4 lens; f/11
Exhibit Catalog ISBN: 0-9657215-0-7; Library of Congress Catalog Number: 2001094211
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Date Created 2004-07-19
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 415803
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