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Levi, Kate Asaphine Everest "Historical fragments: James Otto Lewis"


James Otto Lewis: This is a brief biography of the artist who made the earliest paintings of Wisconsin Indians. Lewis (1799-1858) served in the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk War, and was a friend of Lewis Cass (1782-1866), governor of Michigan Territory. He accompanied Cass to the Treaty of 1825 at Prairie du Chien and other councils of the 1820s and 1830s, at which he painted portraits of visiting tribal leaders. Although his originals were destroyed when the Smithsonian Institution burned in 1865, he had issued a very few copies as monthly portfolios of lithographs in 1835-1836. The Wisconsin Historical Society's copies of these are discussed. (2 pages)

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Citation: Levi, Kate Asaphine Everest "Historical fragments: James Otto Lewis" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 04 /Issue: 3 (1920-1921)

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