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The Steamboat Missouri, the King of Western Boats

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Identifier: 1898-002-0002

Title: The Steamboat Missouri, the King of Western Boats

Description: The Missouri Republican reported on June 28, 1841 that artist John Caspar Wild had completed a lithographic view of the steamboat Missouri in full run opposite Selma, Missouri and that it would "when colored make a handsome parlor ornament." This only known extant copy was discovered during conservation of Wild's gouache painting, Residence of Mrs. Ann Biddle (MHM collections 1898-002-0001), in December 2005. The Biddle painting was made on two sheets of paper pasted together to create a heavier sheet. When these sheets were pulled apart, each of them revealed half of the print. It appears that the artist, in need of paper, took one of the lithographs that was in his studio, folded it in half with the print on the inside, glued it together, and cut the fold away in preparation for painting.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1841

Type(s): Lithograph

Maker/Creator: J.C. Wild



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