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Captain Seth Eastman's Journey with a Sketchbook: Down the Mississippi

jueves, ene 4, 2018 - domingo, abr 1, 2018

McNay Art Museum

6000 North New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio, TX 78209

2108245368    Visit Website


As part of the McNay’s celebration of San Antonio’s 300th anniversary, the Museum has organized a series of exhibitions of the drawings of Captain Seth Eastman, a West Point-trained draftsman who traveled to Texas in the late 1840s. These four exhibitions follow Eastman’s journey down the Mississippi to New Orleans, across the Gulf of Mexico to Matagorda Bay, then up to San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country. While Eastman’s drawings of the Alamo and other San Antonio missions are famous and widely reproduced, the minutely detailed drawings he did on the first leg of his journey down the Mississippi are not nearly as well known. Drawings of the riverscape, steamboats, cities, and settlements give contemporary viewers a vivid sense of what it would have been like to travel down the Mississippi in the mid-19th century. Captain Eastman’s sketchbook is one of the great historical works in the McNay’s collection. This is the first time in years that so many of the drawings will have been on view. An interactive map in the gallery will enable visitors to follow Eastman’s journey using excerpts from his journal as well as historical and modern-day photos of locations he sketched.