Zion's Leaders of This Dispensation, 1830, Past and Present, 1892. James Hezekiah Crockwell.

Zion's Leaders of This Dispensation, 1830, Past and Present, 1892

New York: The Albertype Co., 1892. Steel engraving [71 cm x 51 cm] / [28" x 20"] two horizontal splits, evenly spaced with small pieces of translucent tape at each end (in the margins) otherwise about very good. In a black wooden frame [82 cm x 56 cm] / [32" x 22"]. This has not been examined out of the frame. Item #6736

Nice large engraving depicting framed vignettes of 97 leaders and General Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from its founding to 1892. Includes insets of all six temples: Kirtland, Nauvoo, Salt Lake, Logan, Manti, St. George. Each portrait is accompanied by a number, that corresponds to the printed legend beneath the image. Four of the framed vignettes contain names where the portraits appear in the others (David W. Patten, Joseph Smith Sr., Levi Hancock, and Daniel S. Miles).

This steel engraving was produced by Crockwell to be sold at the Colombian Exposition (Chicago World's Fair) in 1893, where he had the photography concession at the Utah Pavilion. "As 1892 drew to close, Crockwell completed his prints and shipped them to Chicago. Crockwell and his brother made it to the fair on 1 May 1893, the opening day of the exposition. The photographer had been given the concession of photographing people in the Utah Pavilion, but he found that visitors wanted postcards rather than portraits. 'The cliff dwellings, mummies, hieroglyphical writings were about the only views I sold,' he wrote." - p.263 'Set in Stone, Fixed in Glass.'

James Hezekiah Crockwell (1855-1940) was born in Woodbury, Iowa. In 1863 or 1864 young James moved to Salt Lake City after his father, Dr. John D.M. Crockwell, converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. James and his brother George started a small business coloring photographs. After George left the business, Crockwell spent nearly a year as an apprentice to C.W. Carter in 1883. Shortly thereafter he formed a partnership with William Ottinger. For the next two years Crockwell and Ottinger used Salt Lake City as a home base and worked as traveling photographers in southern Utah and Southeast Nevada. In 1886 Crockwell bought out Ottinger and spent the next two years as an itinerant photographer for the mining towns of Nevada. In 1888 he settled in Virginia City, but moved back to Salt Lake City after business there tapered off. In Utah he photographed the mining towns of Park City and Eureka before becoming Utah's official photographer at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. Afterwards Crockwell returned to Salt Lake City, but business was not good and in 1900 he quit photography to become a traveling salesman. Rare.

Price: $2,500.00

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