Glasgow, VA Rescue and First Aid Crew Fundraiser
By Gary Casteel
Image Size: 13" x 16"
Mini Image Size: 6 1/2" x 8"
Signed by the artist
In the Colonial and Early Navigation periods, the Natural Bridge of Virginia ranked with Niagara Falls on the top tier of the most notable natural wonders of the New World. The Bridge drew a steady stream of artists and well-connected travelers and its image was popularized by widely read travel accounts published in America and abroad. To Americans and Europeans of the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth centuries, the Bridge epitomized the search for the sublime. Its stunning setting and purity of form made it one of the most recognizable and celebrated icons of the wonders of nature. In this preeminent role, Natural Bridge contribued to the way that citizens of the new nation developed a national self-identity tied to the seemingly boundless landscape of the New World. Throughout the nineteeth century, the Bridge continued to be not only a popular tourist destination, but also a source of inspiration for writers and painters. In these artists' varied interpretations from the late 1700s to 1900, Natural Bridge, itself unchanging, reflected the progression of Americans' ideas about nature and man's place in the world.
United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service