Christopher (Kit) Carson (WPA) by Peter Van Valkenburgh

Christopher (Kit) Carson (WPA) by Peter Van Valkenburgh

Christopher (Kit) Carson (WPA)

Peter Van Valkenburgh

Title

Christopher (Kit) Carson (WPA)

 
Artist
Year
1938  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
11 3/4 x 9 1/8" image 
Signature
signed only on the stone 
Edition Size
about 28 impressions 
Annotations
dated under the signature on the stone; bears the blindstamp of the California Federal Art Project in the lower right; date stamped verso: JUL 29 1938 
Reference
WPA Graphics Achenbach Collection 65.37.973 
Paper
ivory wove Warren's Oldstyle 
State
published 
Publisher
California Federal Art Project WPA 
Inventory ID
AFAE200 
Price
$400.00 
Description

Kit Carson was born Christopher Houston Carson in Madison County on December 24, 1809, and spent his early childhood in Boone's Lick, Missouri. He left home at age sixteen, becoming a frontiersman and trapper.

Between 1828 and 1831, he used Taos, New Mexico as his base for fur trapping expeditions. Carson lived among the Indians and his first two wives were Arapahoe and Cheyenne.

John C. Fremont hired him as a guide for numerous expeditions to Oregon and California. During the Mexican American War in 1846, Carson acted as a guide for the U.S. General Stephen Kearney. Carson returned to New Mexico and became a rancher. During the Civil War he helped to organize the New Mexico volunteer infantry.

After the Civil War, he moved to Colorado where he died in 1868. Kit Carson is both a positive and a negative American legend.