John Ross Dix. Amusing and Thrilling Adventures of a California Artist, while Daguerreotyping a Continent… Boston: Geo. K. Snow for John Ross Dix, 1854. [catalog record]
Gift of Donald McKay Frost, 1947.
In 1850, team of artists and photographers were engaged to prepare a giant panoramic painting of California’s gold fields and boom towns. From 1852 to 1854, this “Pantoscope”—a rolling panorama measuring ten feet high and over a thousand feet long—toured the northeast. This souvenir program contains accounts of the dangers the party faced out west, newspaper testimonials, and poetry evocative of the scenes depicted.
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