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Artist: Nicolas Point, S.J. (1799-1868)
Medium: Pencil on Paper
Lender: Midwest Jesuit Archives
The frontier was a wild and untamed country. For years the various Native American tribes lived among the mountains, forests and streams of the Rockies. Nicholas Point and his fellow Jesuits encountered many problems in their dream of establishing a reduction in the Rockies, none bigger than the environment. Each of these four drawings display Point’s impression of this land, with forested mountains, overgrown trees and long streams. Although his immediate perception of the frontier was its barbarity, “Tree Lined Stream” and “Calm of the Frontier” depict a serene atmosphere of the Rockies that Point and fellow Jesuits would experience in the 1840s.
Written and narrated by Liam Brew.