The Art of
Gilbert Munger

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#144. Summits - Wahsatch Range - Utah.   6 x 8.5, chromolithograph. Title on plate. Lone Peak Cirque photo This chromolithograph is Plate I in Clarence King's Systematic Geology, published in 1878 as part of the record of his Geological Survey of the 40th Parallel, 1867-1872. The plate is based on a sketch by Gilbert Munger. He was guest artist on the survey in 1869 and 1870. In all, ten chromos by Munger are used in the book. Go to this site page for more complete information about them and a display of all ten. Munger spent quite a bit of time painting with the expedition in this area in 1869.

An experienced hiker from Salt Lake City says that this view is looking north up into the Lone Peak Cirque, from the Jacob's Ladder trail. In the photo at the right, the summit of Lone Peak is the high pinnacle at the center. (Click on it to see a larger version.) Getting to the top, while not technical climbing, is considered to be a very challenging hike, with over 5,000 feet of elevation gain from the trail head and some serious exposure up high. Start before 5 am, take a lot of water, and expect to be on the trail 14 hours.

There is also a Timothy O'Sullivan photograph of this scene with a single pack animal and person in the snow field. It is not clear where the pack train Munger envisioned is headed. There is no through route here! QFD Pl.9. Tweed 2003 Exhibition n.35.

Image is a direct scan of the plate.

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