#151. Shoshone Falls - Idaho. 6 x 8.5, chromolithograph. Title on plate. This chromolithograph is Plate XVI in Clarence King's Systematic Geology, published in 1878 as part of the record of the US Government's 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.
Shoshone Falls is on the Snake River at the present day city of Twin Falls, Idaho. Munger made a trip to paint here on his own in November of 1872.
In 1873 Munger finished a 5 x 8 foot exhibition painting of this scene. See the Munger Archive entry for "1873 Feb" for a detailed description of this painting. While its unveiling in San Francisco was covered extensively in the local press, there is no mention of its disposition and it is currently unlocated. QFD Pl.33. Tweed 2003 Exhibition n.42
This image is a direct scan of the Systemtic Geology plate.
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