The Independent Gold Hunter on his Way to California. I Neither Borrow or Lend.
9 x 13 inches
A satirical portrait of a gold seeker as an unrealistic optimist: He is walking to California and a signpost suggests he has come 350 miles from St Louis and still has 1700 miles to go. He carries brand new tools, including a shovel, a set of gold scales, a kettle, a gold processor (on his head as a hat), a gold washing basin and a frying pan, whose handle also serves as a fishing pole. However his coat and riding boots show he has little idea of what is ahead.