The Explorers

Oh, how exciting and frightening it must have been to travel overland in the early 1800s. Long before much of the landscape was covered with train tracks and blacktop, explorers would have to rely on themselves to get from point A to point B. In this vintage landscape illustration, we have two men beginning a journey through the mountains. High cliffs front at least one side of their intended path and the other remains a mystery to us all.

The landscape drawing was cropped into an oval shape which makes it an interesting choice for someone building a larger work or wishing to have an interesting Old West landscape in their work. It was included in an 1813 printing of Pride and Prejudice which did not identify an illustrator.

the explorers

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.