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City of Kansas
This print depicts a painting by Missouri-born artist Charles Goslin created in 1997. The piece features the steamboat Silverbow gliding past the Gilliss House and a wine and liquor store to its right. A covered wagon and oxen bridge the top of the bank, setting this picture along with the steamboat around 1855. Steam billows up from the stacks of the Silverbow and trail back down the direction of the river on which more steamboats are floating in the background. The painterly strokes with which the artist depicted the unfinished banks suggests a roughness about the scene that he attempted to capture. Goslin contrasted the roughness with sparkling innovation such as the steamboat. The steamboat itself shows a complete image of progression experienced by mid 19th century Kansas City.