About the Artwork

Landscape which depicts the summit at which the Central Railroad reaches its highest passage over the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in California; Donner Lake is below the mountain range.

This painting was commissioned by Collis P. Huntington, the railroad king. The scene was taken from a study made by Bierstadt on his trip to the West between the years 1871 to 1873.

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NYHistory Prints offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in the collections of the New-York Historical Society. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.


Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. We are continually adding new artworks to our offering, so be sure to check back regularly as you build your own gallery. A variety of molding styles means our custom framed prints can match any type of decor.

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