Christmas 1844, Fort Vancouver is a temporary halting place before they venture to the Puget Sound country.

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 party celebrating at Christmas time. There is a horse in the foreground, and a man with a pitchfork, probably intended to be George Bush. This is the fourth 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 Jaccob Lawrence, 1973.


Creation Date: 1973

Catalog ID: C1973.27.2

Object Types: painting

Dimensions: overall height 40.25 in . overall width 28 in

Related Subjects: George Bush (pioneer) African Americans in Washington Bush family horse Oregon Trail Fort Vancouver, WT Christmas