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Object Name

painting

Maker

John Gast

Title

American Progress

Date

1872

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

11 1/2 in x 15 3/4 in (29.2 cm x 40 cm); Framed: 17 9/16 in x 21 1/2 in x 1 7/8 in (44.6 cm x 54.6 cm x 4.7 cm)

Credit Line

Museum purchase

Object ID

92.126.1

Institution

Autry Museum of the American West

Category

Art and Artifacts


Remarks

Painting by John Gast, American Progress, 1872. Publisher George Crofutt worked with illustrator John Gast to create American Progress, which he distributed as a print with his magazine, Crofutt’s Western World. With so many images of the western landscape already in circulation, Crofutt decided to create a new design. He discussed his ideas with Gast, and together they came up with this image, which Crofutt described as a: ... beautiful and charming female ... floating westward through the air, bearing on her forehead the "Star of Empire" . . . In her right hand she carries a book ... the emblem of education and ... national enlightenment, while with the left hand she unfolds and stretches the slender wires of the telegraph, that are to flash intelligence throughout the land.

Subject

Manifest Destiny (Encounters exhibition)

Women in the American West (selected objects)

Women and the Romance of the West (selected objects)

Art of the West (exhibition)

Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West

Publication

American Indian boarding schools an exploration of global ethnic & cultural cleansing : a supplementary curriculum guide. page 3

Border crossings US culture and education in Saskatchewan 1905-1937 / Kerry Alcorn. page 55

Fairness and freedom a history of two open societies, New Zealand and the United States / David Hackett Fischer. page 149

Go west Chicago and American expansion / Olivia Mahoney. pages 98, 115

American history a survey / Alan Brinkley. pages 554-555

The American story who, what, when, where, why of our nation’s heritage. pages 146, 374

Mistress of Manifest Destiny a biography of Jane McManus Storm Cazneau, 1807-1878 / Linda S. Hudson Front cover, frontispiece

The tramp in America Tim Cresswell pages 27, 249

Nineteenth-century American art Barbara Groseclose pages 159, 225

The great American thing modern art and national identity, 1915-1935 / Wanda M. Corn pages 272, 425

Public speaking Michael Osborn, Suzanne Osborn pages 397, 503

Art at the Autry Museum by Amy Scott. page 70

United States history and government resource guide / Patricia Friedman, Ellen Victor, and Elaine Weiss, editors. page 231

South Dakota history 2002 Fall, vol. 32, no. 3. page 229

West-fever Brian W. Dippie ; introduction by James H. Nottage. page 81

Public speaking Michael Osborn, Suzanne Osborn, Randall Osborn. page 380

The Bedford introduction to literature reading, thinking, writing / [edited by] Michael Meyer.

The Brooklyn Bridge a cultural history / Richard Haw. page 98

Christian history and biography 2006 Spring, issue 90. page 13

Emerson bicentennial essays edited by Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson. page 282

Convergence Autry National Center Magazine, 2007 Winter, Spring / Autry National Center. pages 42-43

Vistas artists on the Canadian Pacific railway / Roger Boulet, with an essay by Terry Fenton. page 14

Convergence Autry National Center Magazine, 2005 Fall / Autry National Center. Inside cover

California history the magazine of the California Historical Society. page 5

Nuggets to neutrinos the Homestake story / Steven T. Mitchell. cover

American art National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. page 92

First telegraph line across the continent Charles Brown’s 1861 diary / edited by Dennis N. Mihelich and James E. Potter. page 2

ha-Sipur ha-Ameriḳaʼi ha-ḳlasi. cover

Gilcrease journal. page 6

For a love of his people the photography of Horace Poolaw / Nancy Marie Mithlo, general editor. page 67

Meeting point, Tle anglais B1/B2 / Josette Starck ; Dominique Santoni ; Véronique Jaubert. page 219

Autry Museum of Western Heritage.

Independent spirits women painters of the American West, 1890-1945 / Patricia Trenton, guest curator ; with essays by Sandra D’Emilio ... [et al.]. page 212

Georgia O’Keeffe edited by Tanya Barson. page 14

Empire and liberty the Civil War and the West / edited by Virginia Scharff, exhibition curated by Carolyn Brucken. page 124; plate 10 (photo insert)

The log cabin an illustrated history / Andrew Belonsky. page 160

Home lands how women made the West / Virginia Scharff, Carolyn Brucken. plate 12, following page 134

American art National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. page 7

American visions. The Wilderness and the West [videorecording] / written & presented by Robert Hughes ; a Planet 24 production in association with BBC Television ; a Time Inc.-BBC co-production ; produced in association with Thirteen/WNET.

Devil’s rope [videorecording]: film by Sophie Bruneau / producers : Sophie Bruneau, Marc-Antoine Roudil and Francois Ladsous.

Location

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