"A New Valley of Wonders"

F. S. Dellenbaugh

National Park Service, Centennial One Object Exhibit

National Park Service, Centennial One Object Exhibit

Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh (1853-1935) spent the summer of 1903 painting Zion Canyon and the paintings were exhibited in the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Dellenbaugh wrote an article about Zion Canyon titled "A New Valley of Wonders" in the January 1904 issue of Scribners Magazine. Dellenbaugh was both an artist and writer. He served as an assistant topographer with Major John Welsey Powell's second expedition of the Colorado River. In 1876, he left the U.S. to study at the Royal Academy in Munich, Germany, and the Academie Julien, Paris, France. His paintings, article, and other works contributed to U.S. President William H. Taft's proclamation creating Mukuntuweap National Monument, which would later become Zion National Park, on July 31, 1909. ZION acquired this painting in 2008 and in celebration of the park's centennial year in 2009, used it as a centerpiece in an art exhibit highlighting the importance of art in the history and development of the National Park Service.

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  • Title: "A New Valley of Wonders"
  • Creator: F. S. Dellenbaugh
  • Contributor: Zion National Park
  • Park Website: Park Website
  • National Park Service Catalog Number: ZION 38105
  • Measurements: W 38.10, L 71.21 cm
  • Material: Oil on canvas
  • Date: ca. 1903
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