"Coffin Rock," Chinook - ROM2009_11209_55


"Coffin Rock," Chinook

Maker: Paul Kane (1810 Mallow, Ireland–1871 Toronto, Canada)
Medium:Oil on canvas
Geography: Lower Columbia River near mouth of the Cowlitz River, Washington, USA
Date: 1849-1856
46.4 x 74.5 cm
Object number: 912.1.77
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Edmund Osler
Not on view
Description"About ten miles lower down we encamped for the night near Coffin Rock, much against the inclination of my men, whose superstition would have led them to avoid such a place. This rock gets its name from its being the place in which the Indians deposit their dead. I took a sketch of the rock before the night set in." (Paul Kane, "Wanderings of an Artist," 1859:200)
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