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According to biographers Nancy K. Anderson and Linda S. Ferber, Bierstadt once wrote, “The mountains are very fine; as seen from the plains, they resemble very much the Bernese Alps.... We see many spots in the scenery that remind us of our New Hampshire and Catskill hills, but when we look up and measure the mighty perpendicular cliffs that rise hundreds of feet aloft, all capped with snow, we then realize that we are among a different class of mountains; and especially when we see the antelope stop to look at us, and still more the Indian, his pursuer, who often stands dismayed to see a white man sketching alone in the midst of his hunting grounds. ...”

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