Road-Side View (View in Wisconsin)

by Seth Eastman (1808–1875)
Oil on canvas
16⅝ x 24⅝ inches
Label on stretcher bar: No. 175. / AMERICAN ART-UNION. /Road-Side View / Painted by / Seth Eastman / Distributed December 20, 1850.


The artist

[With] American Art-Union, New York, New York, December 1850

Samuel Bingham, Windham, Connecticut, acquired from above

Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, New York

J.N. Bartfield Galleries, New York, New York

Private collection

Sale, Scottsdale Art Auction, Scottsdale, Arizona, April 2, 2005, lot 125

Knobloch family collection, Wilson, Wyoming

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, May 17, 2022, lot 74, from above


Bulletin of the American Art-Union 10 (December 31, 1850): 171, no. 175.

John Francis McDermott, Seth Eastman: Pictorial Historian of the Indian (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1961), 232, no. 56.

Note: Seth Eastman exhibited his paintings at the American Art-Union, an organization begun in 1838 to promote contemporary American art. Members paid an annual fee and received an arts publication as well as an engraving after a painting. In 1850, Eastman’s Road-Side View (View in Wisconsin) was entered into an annual raffle at the Art-Union alongside hundreds of works by other prominent American artists like Thomas Doughty and Sanford Robinson Gifford. Eastman also exhibited his works with the National Academy and the Washington Art Association. Today, his paintings are found in important collections across the country, including the Saint Louis Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and Joslyn Art Museum.

Carl W. Knoblock Jr. was an avid art collector with a passion for environmental conservation. He amassed works by artists like Seth Eastman who similarly appreciated the breathtaking landscape of the American West.

Artist Biography

Seth Eastman was a military leader, a painter, and an admirer of Western landscape. Born in Brunswick, Maine, he entered the Military Academy at West Point at 16 years old where he studied drawing under the engraver and miniature painter Thomas Gimbrede. Eastman’s artistic aptitude would come in handy as he would later work as a topographical draftsman along the frontier. At each posting, he created sketches and paintings documenting the rivers, hillsides, and prairies of the American West. When his former teacher died in 1832, Eastman returned to West Point to work as the assistant teacher of drawing, even

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