Minnesota landscape

View of Fort Snelling, c. 1850

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The Julia B. Bigelow Fundexpand_more  44.21

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Although the upper reaches of the Mississippi River were sparsely settled in the 1850s, a surprising number of artists sought out the northern landscapes. Edward Thomas's View of Fort Snelling exemplifies frontier images in which Dakota tipis, houses of the families associated with the American Fur Company, and the military fort exist side by side. Such depictions served as accurate topographical representations and also as visual records of a landscape already in transition. Recent conservation of this picture was made possible by a generous contribution from an anonymous patron through the Adopt-a-Painting program.

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Title
View of Fort Snelling
Artist Life
1817–1906
Role
Artist
Accession Number
44.21
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