|Catalog Number||X1968.43.01 b|
|Title||FLOYDS BLUFFS. IOWA. MAY 3RD 1866. LOOKING UP THE RIVER FROM STEAMBOAT WALTER B. DANCE (NEAR SIOUX CITY)|
|Artist||Stuart, Granville (1834-1918)|
|Dimensions||H-7 W-10 inches|
|Medium||Graphite on paper|
This sketch is one of a series completed by Granville Stuart on a trip he took up the Missouri River, aboard the "W. B. Dance." He left St. Louis on April 14, 1866, and arrived at Fort Benton on June 8 of that same year. This was the last leg of a much longer trip--which began on January 6, 1866-- that took Stuart from Deer Lodge to Virginia City, then on to Salt Lake City, Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, West Liberty (Iowa), and back to Fort Benton. When he returned to Montana he published his ventures in "A Sketch of a Trip to 'America' in 1866, and Return Trip up the Missouri River, to Fort Benton, Montana," in the "Montana Post," Virginia City, January 5, 12, 19 & 26, 1867. That same text was republished as a book, titled "Granville Stuart--Diary & Sketchbook of a Journey"--by Dawson's Book Shop in 1963 (call # 917.8 / St9).
The drawing is of a landscape. Water covers the lower left foreground. A steep river bluff, the top of which is covered with leaf-less deciduous trees, runs diagonally from the lower right corner to the distant background on the left edge. A caption, in pencil, across the bottom of the page reads: "Floyds Bluffs. Iowa. May3rd 1866. looking up the river from Steamboat Walter B. Dance (near Sioux City).