Along with other landscape painters of his time, Norton Bush was compelled to explore regions with unique characteristics by the writings of a popular scientist and naturalist, Alexander von Humbolt. He visited the jungles and coastlines of Peru, Panama, Nicaragua and Ecuador where he created detailed sketches and notes on the geographic characteristics. It is most likely that his paintings were based off of sketches created abroad, and later painted in his studio in California. This painting echoes characteristics that are typical of Frederick Church's style.
San Francisco Art Association
National Academy of Design, 1852-1871
Mechanics Institute, 1858
California State Fairs (four gold medals)
Museums and Public Collections
Society of California Pioneers
Crocker Museum, Sacramento