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Edward Payson Washburn

The Arkansas Traveler

Edward Payson Washburn (1831 – March 26, 1860) was an American artist, son of Indian missionary Cephas Washburn. He is best known for painting The Arkansas Traveler.

Washburn died in Little Rock, Arkansas only 9 days after the death of his father. He is buried in historic Mount Holly Cemetery in downtown Little Rock.


The Arkansas Traveller

The Arkansas Traveller (1858) depicts an encounter between a wealthy traveler and a family of squatters. The painting was created just south of the town of Russellville, Arkansas at the Washburn family homestead site. The Washburn cemetery, near the homestead site, still exists today.

The painting was widely distributed and printed as a Currier & Ives lithograph. It was inspired by the humorous song of the same name by Colonel Sanford 'Sandy' Faulkner.

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