However, historians will forget the perhaps greater loss on a lower floor. The newspapers will report the lost of 200 “Stanleys.” The artist John Mix Stanley is so famous in his day, that everyone knows exactly what a “Stanley” is. Because of that fire, later generations will forget him.
John Mix Stanley was born in the Finger Lakes district of New York in 1814. Stanley always had a natural talent for painting and drawing. He moved to Detroit and began painting the landscapes and Native Americans of the upper Midwest.
|Buffalo Hunt on the Southern Prairie by John Mix Stanley|
In the days before photography, the U.S. Army would employ “draughtsmen" to record what was seen. Stanley was hired by the Corps of Topographical Engineers and was sent to California during the Mexican-American War.
|Fort Walla Walla 1853 showing Wallula Gap on the Columbia River|
Right now, most of Stanley’s works are on display at the Smithsonian. They are only on loan, so losing these precious works will mean a financial, as much as a personal blow to the artist.
|Oregon City on the Willamette River|
I am carefully digitally recording each painting, so replicas can be made, down to the last brushstroke. The Smithsonian Institute of the 27th century will once again be able to display the lost works of John Mix Stanley. It makes me feel both proud and humble to be able to be a part of this.
|The Trial of Red Jacket|