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Two people on horseback stand in the foreground of a vast, snow-covered mountain landscape.

Two people on horseback stand side by side on green and brown grass in the foreground of a snow-covered mountain landscape. The figure on the right has their arm raised and is pointing towards the upper left-hand corner of the image. The white mountains beyond them take up most of the image. Large, white, billowing clouds envelope the tops of the mountains. The sky behind the clouds is bright blue.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Albert Bierstadt, American (Solingen (near Dusseldorf), Germany 1830 - 1902 New York, NY)
In the Rockies
Other Titles
Former Title: Indians on Horseback
Work Type
c. 1863
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on paper
33 x 48.3 cm (13 x 19 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: "A Bierstadt" (AB in monogram)


Recorded Ownership History
Chapellier Gallery, New York, 1967; Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr.; his gift to the Harvard University Art Museums, 2007.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Theodore E. Stebbins Jr.
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Country Art Gallery, The Look of America, exh. cat. (Locust Valley, NY, 1976), cat.
  • Carol Troyen, A Private Eye: Fifty Nineteenth-Century American Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors from the Stebbins Collection, exh. cat., The Heckscher Museum of Art (Huntington, NY, 1977), cat. 4, ill.
  • Thomas W. Lentz, ed., Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2006-7, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 2008), p. 19, ill.

Subjects and Contexts

  • Collection Highlights
  • Google Art Project

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