Pike's Peak or Bust

William de la Montagne Cary, American, 1840 - 1922


early 1870s

Oil on canvas

Overall: 21 × 36 in. (53.4 × 91.5 cm)

Frame: 27 × 41 in. (68.6 × 104.1 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Guernsey Center Moore 1904 Memorial Fund



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Painted, on wagon canvas: PIKES PEAK / OR / BUST.; signed, lower right: W. M. Cary

Course History

HIST 6, NAS 30, History of the American West, Ben Madley, Winter 2012

Exhibition History

100 Years of Painting in Colorado, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, November 1959.

Images of the West: Selections from the Permanent Collection, MALS 190, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 15-August 28, 1994.

Taxing Visions: Financial Episodes in Late Nineteenth-Century American Painting, Palmer Museum of Art of the Pennsylvania State University, September 28-December 19, 2010, The Huntington Library and Art Collections, San Marino, California, January 29-May 3. 2011.

Unlayering Stereotypes: Selections from the Permanent Collection For Teaching Cultural Anthropology, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Anthropology 7, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 24-August 20, 1995.

Publication History

Antiques, June 1935, p.229.

Leo G. Mazow and Kevin M. Murphy, Taxing Visions: Financial Episodes in Late Nineteenth-Century American Art, County Centre, PA: The Pennsylvania State University and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 2010, ill. p. 49, figure 43.


Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts; sold to present collection, 1959.

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