Falls of St. Anthony, 1849-1855

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Seth Eastman created this watercolor to illustrate the tale of Anpetu Sapawin, or Dark Day. She was so upset about her husband having a second wife that she took her baby and paddled to her death over St. Anthony Falls in present-day Minneapolis (shown here from the south). The work was reproduced in an 1852 publication called “The Iris.”

Falls of St. Anthony
Artist Life
Accession Number
James J. Hill (St. Paul, 1838-1916); his estate; James Jerome Hill Reference Library St. Paul (by 1921-1994; sold October, to MacMillan); W. Duncan MacMillan, Wayzata (1994-d. 2006); the W. Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Foundation (2006-2014; given to MIA)
Catalogue Raisonne
Seth Eastman: A Portfolio of North American Indians 14
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