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View of Fort Snelling: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 13, 2009