The Pioneer Trail

The Pioneer Trail

by Alfred Lambourne


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ISBN-13: 9781497366336
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/17/2014
Pages: 28
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.06(d)

About the Author

Alfred Lambourne was born to William and Martha Wernham in Chieveley, Berkshire, England on the River Lambourn on February 2, 1850. In the 1860s, he and his family traveled to America, and first settled in St. Louis, Missouri before traveling West with the saints to the Utah Territory.
Alfred's artistic talents were encouraged by his parents from an early age. He is best remembered for his paintings, but he also wrote short fiction for Mormon periodicals,and other works of musings and poetry.
Alfred Lambourne walked the Mormon Trail in 1866, at age sixteen, to Salt Lake City. During the trip from St. Louis to Salt Lake City, Utah, Alfred kept a sketchbook of scenery along the way.sketching during much of the route. After arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of 16,Lambourne took work as a scenic artist for the Salt Lake Theatre.
In 1871, at the age of 21, he accompanied then-President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former Governor of the Utah Territory, Brigham Young, to Zion Canyon and made the first sketches of the area. In the same decade, Lambourne traveled the American West with photographer Charles Roscoe Savage, painting as Savage photographed, and explored the Wasatch range with H. L. A. Culmer, painting and naming features, and "painted a series of large canvasses representing his journey from the eastern coast of the United States to the Golden Gate" with Reuben Kirkham. He also visited Yosemite, Colorado and Arizona.
By the 1880s he had become a well-known local artist who painted and traveled with Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt on their many visits to Salt Lake City. Of the varied landscapes he painted, nothing held his imagination so thoroughly as the Great Salt Lake. Captivated by it, he painted many views of Black Rock, the infinite and varied moods of the weather, and the shipwrecks and the drama of the lake.
In 1887 he realized his dream of perfect solitude by homesteading Gunnison Island where he focused more on writing, sometimes illustrating his work, eventually writing 14 books. Lambourne died June 6, 1926, in Salt Lake City.

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