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October 31, 2007

View of Mendota, 1848 by Seth Eastman

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View of Mendota, 1848, by Seth Eastman

In his painting, View of Mendota, 1848, Seth Eastman has created a remarkably detailed portrait of Mendota, a settlement built in the 1830s at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. Mendota was the home and base of operations of Henry Hastings Sibley, the American Fur Company’s regional manager. Sibley, who may have commissioned the painting, was already moving out of the fur trade and into politics by 1848. He was instrumental in creating the Minnesota Territory in 1849 and became the state’s first governor in 1858.

Eastman (1808-1875) was an acclaimed American artist as well as a career soldier. He was stationed at Fort Snelling from 1830 to 1831 and from 1841 to 1848, when he served as the fort’s commander. In his painting, he depicts Mendota as seen from Fort Snelling, including the Sibley and Faribault houses, both of which still stand today as historic sites.

Harry and Mary Zimmermann, whose family had been in Minnesota since the mid-1800s, purchased View of Mendota, 1848 in 1937. In honor of their memory, the painting has been given to the Minnesota Historical Society by their daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, and her two sons. It joins several other art works in the Society collections by Eastman. The Society is deeply grateful for this extraordinary act of generosity and commitment to Minnesota and its citizens.

Brian Szott, Curator of Art

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2 Responses to “View of Mendota, 1848 by Seth Eastman”

  1. Pierre Arnold Says:

    I am trying to locate a death certificate for oliver faribault. He died at Mendota in 1850. Were records kept and where may I find one.

    Thanks. Pierre Arnold….

  2. LW Says:

    Hi Pierre. Please follow this link to the Minnesota Death Certificate Index:
    http://people.mnhs.org/dci/
    You should be able to find what you need there. If not, please contact our Reference Department.
    http://www.mnhs.org/library/about/contact_librarian.htm
    Thank you for your interest!



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