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John Banvard papers, 1888

Banvard, John, 1815-1891



Collection Information

Size: 3 Items

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.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 2786 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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How to Cite This Collection

John Banvard papers, 1888. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.