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ArtsEdNet group -
I don't know if these had already been mentioned, but if you have an
interest in history, there are 2 wc painters who made important
contributions to the visual record of the American West:
The first is Karl Bodmer, a Swiss artist who accompanied Prince Maximilian
zu Wied up the Missouri River as far as the Great Falls in 1833 - 34. His
watercolor images of the Native people of the Northern Plains are exquisite,
and were later turned into aquatints & published in Europe. The entire
collection of field sketches from the expedition is at the Josyln Museum in
Omaha, NE, and featured in Karl Bodmer's America, 1984, Josyln Museum.
The second, Alfred Jacob Miller, was an American from Baltimore. He
accompanied Sir William Drummond Stewart, a Scottish nobleman, to the
rendezvous of 1837 on the Green River, in what is now Wyoming. He was the
first European-American artist to cross the continental divide, the first to
come to the Intermountain West, and the only artist to paint the "mountain
men" in the mountains. Many of his field sketches are in wc, and he
reproduced many of them for the Waters Gallery in Baltimore in 1852. -
Dennis in Wyo.
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