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Paintings of Wisconsin Towns and Cities in the late 1850s by a Visiting Austrian Artist

Austrian painter Franz H÷lzhuber (1826-1898) came to Milwaukee in 1856 on a tour of the United States and stayed four years. Between 1856 and 1860 he traveled widely in Wisconsin as well as in Canada and the length of the Mississippi River Valley. He sketched dozens of scenes he observed while travelling, published some of his sketches in Harper's Monthly Magazine and elsewhere, and after his return to Austria, used them in lectures and as sources for larger drawings. Shown here are 42 watercolors made on his trip, most of them of Wisconsin cities and towns or views of Wisconsin rivers and lakes. Most are accompanied by relevant paragraphs from the journal he kept or notes he made later about the location.

Posted July 05, 2005
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