LEFT: Stereograph by Charles Bierstadt, Moran's Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in the U.S. Capitol, 1872, collection of Merl M. Moore Jr.
RIGHT: Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1872, Department of the Interior Museum, Washington, D.C.
Shortly thereafter Congress appropriated $10,000 for the purchase of Moran's Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the painting that launched his career.
Measuring seven by twelve feet, the panoramic view of Yellowstone Canyon featured the distant falls and a striking display of the canyon's golden walls.
In the foreground Moran placed a group of figures that includes F.V. Hayden and the artist himself.
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