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    Sale 5428

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 585

    John MacWhirter R.A. (1835-1911)

    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Price Realised  


    John MacWhirter R.A. (1835-1911)
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    signed '-Mac W-' (lower left)
    pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper
    6¾ x 10 3/8in. (17.2 x 26.3cm.)

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    In the spring of 1877 John MacWhirter visited America, crossing the Prairies on the Pacific Railway and visited Salt Lake City en route to San Francisco. On his return to Scotland he exhibited a painting entitled Salt Lake City Utah at the Royal Scottish Academy (No.299) in their annual exhibition of 1878.

    Salt Lake City was founded in 1847 by a group of Mormon pioneers and the newly completed Tabernacle, 1867 and Temple still under construction can be clearly seen in this picture.

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    Collection of Sir Bruce Maxwell-Seton Bart
    Christie's, 4 June, 1920, lot 45