No. 3: The hardest part of the journey is yet to come - the Continental Divide, stunned by the magnitude of roaring rivers

One of a series of five paintings by Jacob Lawrence depicting the George Bush (pioneer) party traveling to Oregon. Gouache on board. This panel illustrates the wagons crossing the Rocky Mountains in show. There is a man on horseback carrying a rifle in the foreground, probably intended to be George Bush. This is the third 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. By Jacob Lawrence, 1973.


Creation Date: 1973

Catalog ID: C1973.27.3

Object Types: painting

Dimensions: overall height 40.25 in . overall width 48 in

Related Subjects: George Bush (pioneer) African Americans in Washington Bush family Rocky Mountain Range Oregon Trail horse