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Johann Caspar Wild

July 1, 1804
Died August 12, 1846
Davenport, Iowa
Nationality Swiss
Known for Painting, printmaking

John Caspar Wild (1804 - August 12, 1846) was an American painter and lithographer. He was also called J.C. Wild.

Personal life

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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