Limited Edition Signed, Numbered Prints of Surveying the Sandhills in 1904, from original oil painting by Mel Gerhold."On July 1, 1901, seven Forestry students met in Kearney, NE, to begin a reconnaissance survey of the Sandhills and Western Nebraska to determine the feasibility of planting trees in the sandhills. They purchased a covered wagon, grub box, mules, saddle horses, camping equipment and food; then traveled westerly up the Platte and North Platte River Valleys, observing the location and size of Pine and Cedar trees. . . ." To see larger photos in this category, click on the thumbnails.
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Limited edition of 1000 new full-color commercial lithograph art prints on heavy archival paper. Each print is numbered and signed by the artist. Original painting is based on a 1902 photograph from the Rollin C. Curd Collection. Stored in smoke-free environment. Shipping to U.S. addresses is nominal $1.00.
The painting offers a typical view of a surveyor at work following the opening of the Sandhills to homesteaders by the Kinkaid Act of 1904. The surveyor is operating a compass and waving his hat to give line for chainmen.
The scene is taken from a photograph of a survey crew measuring forest boundaries in the Nebraska Sandhills in 1902. They were preparing for the manual planting of a national forest near Halsey, Nebraska. The surveyor depicted in the painting is Louis C. Miller from Stillwater, Oklahoma. A synopsis of the story behind the painting is enclosed with each print. To learn more, click here: https://www.blueandwhitehousepubandhkco.com/bwhphkcowp/news/american-western-surveying-history-land-surveyor-paintings/
Image size: 11 1/2″ by 16″. Framing size with border: 16″ by 20″.
Shipped in heavy envelope or map tube.
Please note: Mats not included.