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Mount Rushmore by Unknown, 1932

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Collectible museum-grade fine art print, hand-printed in England and individually finished with a monogram emboss. Each sale directly supports the artisan. Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing.


This view shows the Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction in the 1930s. Finding their balance on the bridge of George Washington’s nose is Gutzon Borglum, the chief sculptor, along with an unknown assistant. Meanwhile the face of the first president gazes out over the South Dakota landscape. By the time that this photograph was taken in May 1932, almost a decade had passed since the idea of a vast memorial had first struck a man called Doane Robinson. A lawyer turned historian, in 1923 Robinson had decided that an awe-inspiring sculpture in the nearby Black Hills would help to raise South Dakota’s profile. He first approached a sculptor called Lorado Taft who had previously completed a huge statue called The Eternal Indian in Illinois. Taft refused the commission and Robinson later approached Gutzon Borglum who proved far more enthusiastic. Over the years that followed the project took shape. The faces of four presidents – Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln – were to be cut into the granite pillars of a mountain that had long been known by the Lakota people as the ‘Six Grandfathers’. This place would soon gain a new name: Mount Rushmore. – Peter Moore

Taken: May 31st, 1932
Black Hills near Keystone, South Dakota, United States
Jordan J. Lloyd
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Mount Rushmore by Jordan J. Lloyd, 1932

This photograph is also available as a ⇲ restored & remastered colorized original print from our ⇲ ColorGraph Co. imprint.


Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts.


"Gutzon Borglum and supt. inspecting work on face [nose] of Washington, Mt. Rushmore, S.D."

Mount Rushmore by Unknown, 1932
Mount Rushmore by Unknown, 1932
Mount Rushmore by Unknown, 1932
Mount Rushmore by Unknown, 1932

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