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Accession Number: 1981.144.0

Entitled: Deserted Kansas Town

Physical Description: Monochromatic watercolor sketch of a deserted town street with ramshackle buildings. Scene appears to be at night and there are three coyotes or wolves in the foreground. The broad street stretches towards the horizon, and there are more coyotes or wolves in the distance. Sketch is on a heavy paper or cardboard. On the back are numerous brush strokes and pencil lines.

History of Object: Probably done as basis for wood engraving entitled, "Busted," which appeared in Harper's Weekly on February 28, 1874, p. 192, and which was identified as Zarah, Barton County, Kansas. Tavernier most probably sketched this view while traveling through Kansas in October 1871. According to Jim Nottage, sketch was transferred to Museum Department from Manuscripts Department in 1977 or 1978. According to Bob Richmond, the sketch was part of the group of sketches purchased by the KSHS from the Society of California Pioneers in December 1954.

Date: 1873

Dimensions (in cm): H: 7" W: 9 1/8"

Marks/Inscriptions: [written in lower left] [illegible: "Amon"?] Jules Tavernier // [stamped on back] THE SOCIETY OF CALIFORNIA, PIONEERS // [written on back] Deserted Town / Kansas // [written on back, upper right] Archives //

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Associations and Subjects

    Business / Organization: Society of California Pioneers

Creators and Contributors

    Tavernier, Jules

Status: Cataloged

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