#302. Humboldt Mountains Afternoon. 12.5 x 20, oil on canvas. Unsigned. "Fort Halleck" lower right; the title & "127" reverse; a gallery stamp with "1892" reverse. This painting is in a private collection in Flushing NY. The Humboldt Mountains are now named the Ruby Mountains. They are a north-south range located about 50 miles southeast of Elko Nevada. The view here is from the site of historic Fork Halleck looking southeast at the northwest end of the range. The painting is unsigned but Sotheby's and the author authenticate it as by Gilbert Munger. He passed through this area several times in 1869 as part of the King Geological Survey of the 40th Parallel. The the Central Pacific Railroad stopped at Elko starting in 1869. The painting establishes that he spent some time painting in the vicinity of Fort Halleck. From here he would also been able to reach Lake Marian in the Humboldt Mountains, which he painted several times. Image from the author's photo.
© Michael D. Schroeder 28 Oct 2018 9522