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John Banvard papers, 1888

Banvard, John, b. 1815 d. 1891

Collection size: 3 items.

Collection Summary: Autobiographical letter (and accompanying typescript) written from Watertown, [South] Dakota, to Dr. Jesse C. Green, Nov. 12, 1888, in which Banvard boasts of his achievements, notably that the first chromo made in America was taken from one of his paintings ("The Orison"). In addition, a newspaper clipping touches upon his career.

Biographical/Historical Note: Panorama, landscape, and portrait painter. Born and raised in New York City; painted Ohio and Mississippi rivers; lived in Louisville, Kentucky, and Watertown, South Dakota; first chromo made in America was taken from one of his paintings ("The Orison"); died on May 17, 1891.

Donated 1963 by the Carnegie Book Shop.

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