ANCIENT CAVE SCENE
PAINTING ON DISPLAY
A small portion of a giant painted panorama
is on display in the main lobby
of the St. Louis Art Museum.
Monumental Grandeur of the
(oil on muslin cotton, c. 1850)
was painted by John J. Egan
as part of an enormous 55-foot wide
traveling archaeological lecture display,
to show 19th century audiences
natural wonders of the Mississippi Valley.
The 8-foot high panorama section above
shows Cave-in-Rock along the Ohio River,
which includes cave wall drawings and artifacts.
The cave was used as a hideout for bandits
and river pirates in the early 19th century.
Today the cave is a protected natural feature
at Cave-In-Park State Park in Illinois.