On a fair May morning in 1844, George Washington Bush, his family and four other families, left Clay County, Missouri, in six Conestoga Wagons.

One of a series of five paintings by Jacob Lawrence depicting the pioneer George Bush party traveling to Oregon. Gouache on board. This panel illustrated people in and around the wagon, preparing to leave the east. There is a man with a pick ax in the foreground, probably intended to be George Bush. This is the first panel of the series. The artist intended the panels to be hung with the first panel on the right to indicate travel from east to west. Recent research suggests that George Bush did not have the middle name "Washington." At the time these paintings were created, that research had not yet emerged. The original title of the works, "the George Washington Bush Series," remains on the collections record.


Creation Date: 1973

Catalog ID: C1973.27.5

Object Types: painting

Dimensions: overall height 40.25 in . overall width 28 in

Related Subjects: George Bush (pioneer) African Americans in Washington Bush family