Painting by Henry Lewis -- 1855
""__St. Anthony Falls As It Appeared In 1848__ by: Henry Lewis , 1855.
... We have been given so many wonderful things to enjoy. The majestic St. Anthony Falls are just one of mother natures gifts to us. The water, trees and land are a privilege that we will be allowed to enjoy and embrace.""
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Following text credit webpage (accessed 17-dec-2013) ::
""Minneapolis Institute of Arts - 1929 ... Through the generosity of Edward C. Gale, a painting of St. Anthony Falls by Henry Lewis has recently been added to the collection of the Institute. It was lent by a private collector for the exhibition of Minnesotiana organized by the Friends of the Institute last summer, at which time it attracted considerable attention, not only for its documentary value, but for the charm of its color and its treatment.This canvas, signed "H. Lewis" and dated 1855, shows the falls as they appeared in 1848, five years before Minneapolis was born. The spectator stands on the West bank looking straight toward the falls with Spirit and Hennepin Islands in the middle distance. The sky is clear blue with white clouds rolling towards the West.Lewis's career, if only because of its picturesqueness, does not deserve the oblivion into which it has fallen. It was only after his death in 1904 that bibliophiles rediscovered that curious book, Das Illustrierte Mississippithal, in which Lewis told the story of his great pictorial pilgrimage down the Father of Waters. ... Our painting was probably executed in Dusseldorf in 1855 from sketches made about 1848. One quails a little at the thought of the quality of the craftsmanship in that panorama. But this little landscape is a thing of much beauty, both of color and quality. Its early history is unknown, but for many years it appears to have been in the possession of a family by the name of Koehne in Indianapolis, where it was purchased a few years ago by a Minneapolis collector. Mr. Gale's recent gift brings it at last to its rightful home.""
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