The End of the Day, Gatun Lock, 1912

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Joseph Pennell prided himself on immortalizing the world's great industrial behemoths, but he believed his life would not be complete unless he could chronicle the greatest wonder of them all—the building of the Panama Canal. Photographs show him wandering the site in his tweeds, campstool in hand. He chanced to capture this amazing scene at quitting time, as the workers were being hauled, clinging to a chain, out of eighty-five-foot-deep Gatun Lock. "No one could imagine it—and I had only a minute to see it," Pennell wrote. He sketched such scenes on special coated transfer paper and executed the prints on lithographic stones back home in Philadelphia.

Details
Title
The End of the Day, Gatun Lock
Artist Life
1857 - 1926
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.5,213
Provenance
William M. Ladd
Catalogue Raisonne
Wuerth 226
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