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John Caspar Wild

John Caspar Wild Painting - View Of Cincinnati From Covington by John Caspar Wild

View Of Cincinnati From Covington

John Caspar Wild Painting - Fourth Street. West From Vine by John Caspar Wild

Fourth Street. West From Vine

John Caspar Wild Painting - Cincinnati From Behind Newport Barracks by John Caspar Wild

Cincinnati From Behind Newport Barracks

John Caspar Wild (or J.C. Wild[2]) (1804 – August 12, 1846) was an American painter and lithographer.
Cincinnati From Behind Newport Barracks, 1835

Personal life

John Caspar Wild was born in Richterswil, Canton Zürich,[3] Switzerland. He moved to Paris, France. In 1832 he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2] 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. [4] Wild fell gravely ill with Tuberculoses[5]in the summer of 1846 and he was taken in by Davenport, Iowa millinery businessman George L. Webb.[6]On his death bed, Wild reflected upon his childhood and he yearned to die in his Swiss homeland; it was a wish that was to not be fulfilled[7]Wild died on August 12, 1846.[8]Wild was laid to rest nearly on the banks of the River which he had painted for years. Wild’s grave site was unmarked for decades. [9]
John Caspar Wild Grave Monument
Work

He created early city views and landscapes of Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Louis, Missouri, and Davenport, Iowa.[2] 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.
Notable collections

University of Pennsylvania, 1842, The Library Company of Philadelphia[2]
Pennsylvania Hospital, circa 1840, The Library Company of Philadelphia[10]

Further reading

Reps, John William, and J. C. Wild. 2006. John Caspar Wild: painter and printmaker of nineteenth-century urban America. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press. ISBN 1-883982-55-3 Designed by Steve Hartman of Creativille, Inc. [1]
Wild, J. C., and Lewis Foulk Thomas. 1948. The valley of the Mississippi: illustrated in a series of views, accompanied with historical descriptions. St. Louis, Mo: Joseph Garnier. (this is a reprint; original edition published 1841-2)

References

John Caspar Wild: Painter and Printmaker of 19th Century Urban America, John W. Reps. Page1
"University of Pennsylvania". Library Company of Philadelphia. World Digital Library. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
John Caspar Wild: Painter and Printmaker of 19th Century Urban America, John W. Reps. Page1
John Caspar Wild: Painter and Printmaker of 19th Century Urban America, John W. Reps. Page 95
Geschichte der Stadt Davenport, August P. Richter, Page 293
Geschichte der Stadt Davenport, August P. Richter, Page 293
Geschichte der Stadt Davenport, August P. Richter, Page 293
John Caspar Wild: Painter and Printmaker of 19th Century Urban America, John W. Reps. Page 105
http://qctimes.com/news/local/artist-is-the-reason-we-know-what-davenport-looked-like/article_06e6f6a7-6078-5909-a3ec-39544fdc220f.html

"Pennsylvania Hospital". Library Company of Philadelphia. World Digital Library. Retrieved 1 January 2014.

External links

John Cushman Abbott Exhibit Supplement -- includes a discussion of Wild and his book The Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated in a Series of Views, a slide show of illustrations from the book, and a downloadable pdf of the book.

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