Collection ID:
Banvard, John, 1815-1891
Physical Description:
3 Items

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
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
Biographical / Historical
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.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 2786 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1963 by the Carnegie Book Shop.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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