|Title||CLARK OVERLOOKING THE GREAT FALLS|
|Artist||Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)|
|Dimensions||H-5.5 W-7.75 inches|
|Medium||Pen and Ink/Paper|
Sepia ink illustration depicts William Clark standing on a bluff overlooking the falls. He is resting his hands on his rifle, the butt on which is on the ground and barrel pointed upward. He is holding his hat in one hand. In the lower right foreground a bird is flying in front of the falls. Another bird is flying in the upper center of the picture. Across the river, a herd of buffalo is coming down the bank to the river.
Reaching the Great Falls of the Missouri marked a major milestone for Thomas Jefferson's Corps of Discovery as it ventured upriver in search of a navigable route to the Pacific Ocean. Traveling with an advance party of four men, Meriwether Lewis arrived at the first of the five cascades that jointly compose the Great Falls on June 13, 1805.
Lewis and Clark