The Golden Spike
Property from the Mort Künstler Collection
Mort Künstler (b. 1931)
The Golden Spike
signed with conjoined initials and dated '© MKünstler/'84' (lower left)
gouache on paper laid down on board
12 3/8 x 14 in. (31.4 x 35.5 cm.), image; 15 7/8 x 17 ½ in. (40.3 x 44.4 cm.), overall
Painted in 1984.
Unicover Corporation, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1986.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2013.
Ogden, Utah, Weber State University, Eccles Conference Center, Civil War Stories: Mort Künstler Civil War Art Exhibition, October 15-17, 2015.
Allentown, Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, The American Spirit: The Paintings of Mort Künstler, October 18, 2014-March 1, 2015.
Unicover: Fleetwood Division, Mort Künstler’s Epic Events in American History: Commemorative First Day Issue, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1985, illustrated.
M. Künstler, H.S. Commager, The American Spirit–the Paintings of Mort Künstler, New York, 1986, p. 60, illustrated.
M. Künstler, H.S. Commager, The American Spirit, Nashville, Tennessee, 1994, p. 60, illustrated.
Key Stage 4 History Textbook: USA 1917-1963, London, 1994, p. 5, illustrated.
R.G. Athearn, William Tecumseh Sherman and the Settlement of the West, Norman, Oklahoma, 1995, cover illustration.
Brown and Bigelow Calendar, American Spirit 1999, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1999, July illustration.
Brown and Bigelow Calendar, Millennium Calendar–Great Events from a Great America 2000, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2000, June illustration.
Brown and Bigelow Calendar, Exclusive North American Advertising Specialty Calendar 2000, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2000, illustrated.
Social Studies PE Grade 5.1 Textbook, Glenview, Illinois, 2003, 2005, illustrated.
The present work depicts the ceremonial final golden spike driven in by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the first transcontinental railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. It was featured on a commemorative first day cover commissioned by Fleetwood Division of Unicover Corporation.
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