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Katahdin, as seen from Chamberlain Lake, 1839

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Katahdin, as seen from Chamberlain Lake, 1839

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The painting is entitled, "Katahdin, bearing about south 30 degrees East and Sohuduahunk, bearing about South 20 degrees East-as seen from the Eastern shore of Lake Chamberlain."

It was made by artists who accompanied Capt. Andrew Talcott in an 1839 survey done to help resolve disagreements over the boundary between Canada and the United States.

Artists used a camera lucida in which a prism projected an outline of the area onto paper. The artists traced the outline, then completed the drawings.

The original painting is held at the National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Other Information


  • Title: Katahdin, as seen from Chamberlain Lake, 1839
  • Creator: Harry, P.
  • Creation Date: 1841
  • Subject Date: 1841
  • County: Piscataquis
  • State: ME
  • Media: Transparency
  • Dimensions (cm): 28 x 26
  • Local Code: Coll. 2714
  • Collection: Talcott Collection
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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