Miners at Rest & Miners at Work
93. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. Dividing the Pile [upper] Hard Road to travel [lower] Lith & Pub. by Britton & Rey, Cor Mont & Comml. Sts. [below image]. Lithograph on white, lightly ruled wove paper. Upper image neat line to neat line: 11.5 x 18.5 cm; lower image neat line to neat line: 12.5 x 18.5 cm); overall sheet size: 27 x 41.6 cm. Stationer’s embossed mark showing a sailing ship on conjugate blank. Creased where formerly folded, light browning at crease, but otherwise fine.
Baird 54 (No. 7 from the Britton & Rey numbered series). Clifford Sale 48. Peters, p. 69. Borthwick-style scenes of life at the mines. The upper image shows four miners relaxing around a table smoking and drinking, while one of them weighs gold in a hand balance. The lower image is of several miners on foot descending a trail, each loaded with various equipment and sometimes accompanied by a pack animal.
Copyright Dorothy Sloan 2009