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Prints by Captain Seth Eastman


Captain Seth Eastman was a soldier who spent many years in the American west, particularly working as an artist to document Native Americas for the U.S. government and for private purposes. In the 1840s he was commander at Fort Snelling, MN, and he was accompanied by his wife, Mary Henderson Eastman. Eastman and Mary were very sympathetic to the Indians and they took great pains to learn their language and customs, making Eastman's images some of the most accurate and interesting of the nineteenth century. Eastman's images appeared in a number of rare publications and they are both attractive and fascinating in their depictions.

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Prints by Charles Schuessele after Capt. S. Eastman. From The Iris. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1852. Chromolithograph by P.S. Duval. Ca. 5 x 7 3/4. Very good condition.

A series of colorful images by Eastman from The Iris, a gift book, or as the title page calls it, "an illuminated souvenir," issued in 1852. The prints from The Iris are based on first hand observations and they are superbly chromolithography by leading Philadelphia printmaker P.S. Duval.


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