Encampment on Fairy Lake, July, 1857

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Encampment on Fairy Lake, July, 1857

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 6, 2018

This color lithograph shows an exploring party in an encampment on Fairy Lake in July, 1857. It was made by Edwin Whitefield. 

A description of the scene: "Men are busy at an encampment on the bank of Fairy Lake. At left, standing in front of two tents situated between a grove of trees, a man is firing a gun. At center a man smoking a pipe watches another prepare food over a fire; a dog sits near them. At right, two men are rowing a boat on the lake. Tree-lined gently rolling hills make up the opposite bank of the lake."

See it in Collections Online.