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Creator Name: Thomas Edward
Creator Nationality: American, Michigan, Detroit
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1817 - 1906
Creator Name-CRT: Edward K. Thomas
Creator Nationality: American, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Creator Birth Place: United States of America
Creator Name-CRT: Edward K. Thomas
Title: View of Fort Snelling
Creation Start Date: 1826
Creation End Date: 1852
Creation Date: c. 1836- 42
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 27 x 34 in. (68.58 x 86.36 cm) (canvas)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 44.21
Credit Line: The Julia B. Bigelow Fund
Provenance: (sale through Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, New York, February 11 and 12, 1944, no. 309); (Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York in 1944); (Arnold Seligmann, Rey, and Co., Inc., New York, New York in 1944); sold to MIA in 1944.
Context: This view of Fort Snelling, looking from the hill at the back of the Sibley House in Mendota, Minnesota, is one of four versions of the scene that Edward K. Thomas probably painted between 1836 and 1842. In the immediate foreground on the right is the Sibley House, owned by General Henry H. Sibley (1811-1891), regional manager of the American Fur Company and, later, the first governor of Minnesota, from 1858 to 1860. At the right of the Sibley House is Henry Sibley's office. To the left is Faribault House, built for Jean Baptiste Faribault (1774-1860), who began operating a trading post in Mendota in 1819. To the left is the house of the ferryman, who transported passengers across the Minnesota River. On the western banks of the river is Fort Snelling, and on the hill to the left of the fort is Franklin Steele's house. An early pioneer to the area, Steele developed waterpower at the falls and established the first logging and lumber companies. The two smaller houses on the left were either for officers from the fort or men affiliated with the fur-trading company.
Exhibition History: - Minneapolis, Minnesota, Northwest National Bank [window display] (1956).
Exhibition History: - St. Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society (1949).
Exhibition History: - Northfield, Minnesota. Carleton College (1949-1950).
Exhibition History: - Washington DC, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, "American Processional, The Story of Our Country" (1950), cat. 172.
Exhibition History: - Duluth, Minnesota, Artmobile Introductory Tour (June 17, 1967 - August 2, 1967); subsequently, several towns around rural Minnesota.
Exhibition History: - Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Artmobile Fall Tour (October 16, 1967 - December 14, 1967); subsequently, several towns around the Iron Range, Minnesota.
Exhibition History: - Minnetonka, Minnesota, Artmobile Winter Tour (February 6, 1968 - March 27, 1968); subsequently, several towns and schools around suburban Minneapolis.
Exhibition History: - Brainerd, Minnesota, Artmobile Spring Tour (April 16, 1968 - May 29, 1968); subsequently, several towns around central and southern Minnesota.
Exhibition History: - Minneapolis, Minnesota, Artmobile Summer Tour (June 4, 1968 - July 26, 1968); subsequently, several towns around Minneapolis and eastern Minnesota.
AMICA ID: MIA_.44.21
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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