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John Caspar Wild
Painting that John Caspar Wild made called Cincinnati From Behind Newport Barracks 1835
Johann Caspar Wild
July 1, 1804
|Died||August 12, 1846
|Known for||Painting, printmaking|
John Caspar Wild was born in Richterswil, Canton Zürich, Switzerland. He moved to Paris, France. In 1832 he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wild's final home was Davenport, Iowa, a small town in the upper Mississippi river valley. He moved there from St. Louis in the summer of 1844.
Wild fell gravely ill with Tuberculoses in the summer of 1846, he died on August 12, 1846. Wild was laid to rest nearly on the banks of the River which he had painted for years, his grave site was unmarked for decades.
He created early city views and landscapes of Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Louis, Missouri, and Davenport, Iowa. He specialized in hand-colored lithographs. These views, particularly the Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated were some of the first depictions of the American West.
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