ⓘ Colburns Butte, South Utah

Colburns Butte, South Utah

ⓘ Colburns Butte, South Utah

Colburns Butte, South Utah is a 19th-century drawing by American artist Thomas Moran. Done in watercolor, gouache, and graphite on wove paper, the work depicts Tucupit Point in the Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park.


1. Description

Colburns Butte was rendered by Moran in 1873 after the artist viewed the Kolob Canyons on a trip from Salt Lake City to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. At the time, Moran was travelling to join an expedition of John Wesley Powell along the Colorado river. Morans party passed a then unnamed pinnacle in July, with Moran choosing to render a watercolor drawing of the geographic feature. He would later give the watercolor to Justin Colburn, a correspondent for the New York Times travelling with Moran, for whom "Colburns Butte" would later be named. Moran later made an engraving heavily based off his watercolor of the butte and published it in The Aldine.

In the drawing, several peaks can be seen; the titular Colburns Butte can be identified as the second from left peak with a white cloud behind it. Colburns Butte would later be renamed Tucupit Point, and the landmark now falls within the borders of Zion National Park.

The drawing was donated to the Met in 2009.