William H. Simmons after George H. Boughton, Proof of Too Near the War Path. New York, Knoedler, 1874.
This proof engraving of a young pioneer couple in peril in a wooded setting was made after a painting by George H. Boughton who was well-known for his images of pilgrims and settlers of “ye olde dayes,” all created and exhibited during the turmoil of the Reconstruction era. Boughton lived and worked in New York City before moving to London in the late 1870s. This engraving was likely made in London (the engraver Simmons was based there), and distributed back in the U.S. by M. Knoedler & Co.