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John Banvard papers, 1888

Banvard, John, 1815-1891
Green, Jesse C.
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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.
John Banvard papers, 1888. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Microfilm reel 2786 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Biography 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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Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Lives of American Artists
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Archives of American Art

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