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John Mix Stanley

1814 - 1872
Painter
Origin: United States
Born: 1814, Canandaigua, New York
Died: 1872, Detroit, Michigan

John Mix Stanley is one of the most accomplished Western artists of the nineteenth century, yet few of his works remain due to numerous fires that destroyed most of his collections. After growing up in New York and learning to paint in Detroit, Stanley set up a studio at Fort Gibson in present-day Oklahoma in 1842 in order to paint the Indians and frontiersmen. He undertook several expeditions with the military, such as traveling with Colonel Stephen Kearney to New Mexico and California and with General Isaac I. Stevens to explore a railroad route from Minnesota to Puget Sound. Stanley also traveled along the Pacific Coast and to Hawaii painting portraits of native inhabitants.

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Herd of Bison, Near Lake Jessie
1860, Colored Lithograph
John Mix Stanley
United States, 1814 - 1872