Seth Eastman (1808 - 1875)

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Place of Burial: Washington, DC
Birthplace: Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine
Death: Died in Washington
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About Seth Eastman

Seth Eastman (1808–1875) and his second wife Mary Henderson Eastman (1818 – 24 February 1887 were instrumental in recording Native American life. He built a reputation as a major illustrator of important books published in the 1850s on the subject of "Indian Tribes of the United States." Mary Henderson published a book of prose about Sioux life and culture.

Having retired as a Brigadier General for disability during the American Civil War, Eastman was reactivated when commissioned to make paintings for Congress. Between 1867 and 1869, he painted a series of nine scenes of American Indian life for the House Committee on Indian Affairs.

In 1870 Eastman was commissioned by Congress to create a series of 17 paintings of important U.S. fortifications, to be hung in the meeting rooms of the House Committee on Military Affairs. He completed the paintings in 1875.

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Seth Eastman's Timeline

1808
January 24, 1808
Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine
1824
1824
- 1829
Age 15
West Point
1830
1830
Age 21
1831
1831
Age 22
1833
1833
- 1841
Age 24
Professor of drawing at West Point
1835
1835
Age 26
1835
Age 26
1838
1838
Age 29
1849
1849
Age 40
Washington, DC
1850
1850
- 1855
Age 41
Assigned to Bureau of Indian Affairs