A Look Back: Utah artists from the late 1800s to the early 1900s
Published: November 9, 2012 12:06PM
Updated: October 22, 2013 04:22PM
(Photo Courtesy Utah State Historical Society) Portrait of sculptor Cyrus Edwin Dallin (Nov. 22, 1861 – Nov. 14, 1944) in his Boston studio. Cyrus Dallin was born in Springville, Utah to Mormon parents. During his lifetime he created more than 260 works, including the equestrian statue of Paul Revere in Boston and the Angel Moroni atop the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City. He was also an Olympic archer. Dallin converted to Unitarianism, and initially turned down the offer to sculpt the angel Moroni for the spire of the LDS Salt Lake City Temple. He later accepted the commission and, after finishing the statue said, "My angel Moroni brought me nearer to God than anything I ever did."

The Salt Lake Tribune occasionally presents images from its archives or from the Utah State Historical Society in a special series called A Look Back. Today’s installment is a collection of images of influential Utah artists from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

Every gallery of the series is available at www.sltrib.com/topics/lookback. Here are some of the previous installments:

Presidential visits to Utah from the 1860s

Hunting and fishing in the early 1900s

BYU, Utah football programs

Saloons, brewing companies in Utah around 1900

The centennial Days of ‘47 parade in downtown Salt Lake City from July 1947

Women’s fashion from 1949-50

Construction of the Salt Lake Temple and SLC in the 1800s

Utah college life from the 1930s to 1960s

Old newspaper advertisements

People and events in Salt Lake City from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s

Historical images of Sugar House

Aerial images of Salt Lake City in the 1960s

Historic photos of Temple Square

Historic scenes from Salt Lake City


The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

Salt Lake City in the 1900s

Key moments in Utah Jazz history

Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park from 1935 to 1951

Kennecott Utah Copper Mine in the 1930s and 1940s

Salt Lake City and other Utah cities in the 1800s

Geneva Steel

Historical buildings in Salt Lake City