Thursday, January 16, 2014

Frederick Hawkins Piercy, English, 1830–1891



Devil's Gate, Missouri

  • 1853
Dimensions
Sheet: 10.9 x 12.9 cm (4 5/16 x 5 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Brush and wash over graphite on paper
 

Elk Horn River Ferry, 1853

Dimensions
Sheet: 16.3 x 25.7 cm (6 7/16 x 10 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Graphite with brush and wash on paper

Independence Rock, Wyoming

  • 1853
Dimensions
Sheet: 10.7 x 16.6 cm (4 1/4 x 6 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Brush and brown wash over graphite on paper

 *  Images are from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


 The following is scanned from Ancestry.com message Board:

 Frederick Piercy was born 27 Jan 1830. He was the eighth of nine children of George and Deborah Adams Piercy of Portsea, Hampshire, England. By the time he was twenty-three, Piercy was already an accomplished artist, specializing in both portraits and landscapes. Piercy joined the Church of the Latter Day Saints in 1848, and in 1849 was married to Angelina Hawkins.

On February 5, 1853, Piercy, along with about 300 other immigrants, set sail from Liverpool on the Jersey, bound for the port of New Orleans, and eventually to Salt Lake City. This journey resulted in the publication of the illustrated travel book, "Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley". It was first published in fifteen monthly parts from July 1854 to September 1855 to encourage British Mormons to emigrate to Utah. Piercy skillfully sketched immigration in the American West; his works and writings are most often used to represent the time period.


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