Images of Historical Salt Lake City

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Images of Historical Salt Lake City is an exhibit featuring historic prints and images of mid- to late-19th century Salt Lake City from The City Library’s permanent art collection. The images making up this exhibit include late-19th century prints from Utah artist J.T. Harwood and hand-colored pages from mid-19th century issues of Harper’s Weekly.

James Taylor Harwood (1860–1940) was born in Lehi, Utah and began serious study in art at age 20 that continued at the California School of Design in San Francisco and the Académie Julian and École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In Utah, Harwood was given important exhibitions and commissions and taught part-time, and eventually became chairman of the art department at the University of Utah until his resignation at age 70. He is now known as one of Utah’s more highly regarded painters.

Harper’s Weekly was a New York-based political magazine that was published from 1857 until 1916. The magazine had a reputation for using some of the most well-known illustrators at the time, and the illustrations featured in each issue were an important part of the publication.

Image Credit: Harper's Weekly, "General View of Salt Lake City, Utah Territory"

Location: Main Library, Lower Urban Room

Contact Information: 801-524-8200