Virginia – Bullard Rock – Eggleston Palisades – Beyer, Edward (Eduard B.; Rhineland c. 1820 – Munich 1865). Bullard Rock on the New River near the New River White Sulphur Spr. Giles County Va. View beyond the bend of the river onto the moonlit rocks situated downstream of Eggleston. On the water and just watered resp. 2 canoes for nightly harpooning of the fish attracted by the fires in the bow. Colored lithograph printed with olive tone plate. Inscribed: Taken from Nature by Ed. Beyer. / Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1857 by Ed. Beyer in the Clerks Office of the District of Virginia. / Rau & Son, Lith. Dresden. as well as series title, otherwise as above. 35.5 x 50 cm.
From the “Album of Virginia” and its only night-time sujet. – The name then going back to the local preacher Dr. Chester Bullard as the first one to successfully climb to the highest point. Reportedly he preached with strong voice from the top of the about 250 feet high rocks to his congregation gathered across the river. – Foxing and somewhat waterstained, but without impairing the picture itself.
Beyer , emigrated to America about 1848, lived in Virginia for about two years since 1854 and returned to Germany in 1857:
“ B. worked landscape views of Virginia which were published, united in an album, as lithographs in 1858. Their motif is especially the wild mountains of the region and depict in a painterly manner the power of nature over man ”
(Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon X, 334).
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