waterfall with rock outcropping at center with bush; rocky bank on L and R; gold frame

The Falls of St. Anthony, 1848

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Among all the artists who rushed to document the largely unsettled land west of the Mississippi River, Seth Eastman is the best-known interpreter of Minnesota Territory. Eastman had been trained in drawing at West Point military academy. He first came to Fort Snelling in 1829 and returned in 1841 as a commissioned officer for a seven-year stay. The Falls of St. Anthony shows the falls and adjacent riverbanks nearly untouched by the commercial development that would come with Euro-American settlement. The only hint, in the middle distance, is the first dam built above the falls (in 1848), between the east bank of the Mississippi and Nicollet Island.

Details
Title
The Falls of St. Anthony
Artist Life
1808–1875
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2009.16.1
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waterfall with rock outcropping at center with bush; rocky bank on L and R; gold frame