This exhibit features the spectrum of wildlife, which graced the 19th century frontier West. Original engravings from Harper’s Weekly, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, The Illustrated London News, and other historical sources illuminate native species and their interaction with humans.
These engravings created between 1770 and 1902 by notable and skillful artists, contains many beautifully hand-tinted images. The media include steel, copper, and wood block engravings, chromolithographs, and half tones.
The panoply of scenes includes dramatic surprise encounters between man and animal, stealthy approach by hunters, conflicts between predator and prey species, a stampede from a prairie fire, Native American veneration of wildlife, and faunal portraits.