Isaac and Ede Antique Prints
Currier Gold Prospector


The Independent Gold Hunter on his Way to California. I Neither Borrow or Lend.

9 x 13 inches

A satirical portrait of a gold seeker as an unrealistic optimist: He is walking to California and a signpost suggests he has come 350 miles from St Louis and still has 1700 miles to go. He carries brand new tools, including a shovel, a set of gold scales, a kettle, a gold processor (on his head as a hat), a gold washing basin and a frying pan, whose handle also serves as a fishing pole. However his coat and riding boots show he has little idea of what is ahead.
An iconic image, found in numerous libraries, museums and academic institutions across the United States, one synonymous with the Californian gold rush of the mid nineteenth century.


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