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Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley

Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley

Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley

Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley

Date: c.1850

Artist: John J. Egan, American (born Ireland), active mid-19th century

Medium: distemper on cotton muslin
Dimensions:
90 in. x 348 ft. (228.6 x 10607.1 cm)
Credit Line: Eliza McMillan Trust
Object Number: 34:1953
Place made:United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place depicted:United States, Mississippi Valley
Classification: PAINTINGS
Current Location:On view, Sculpture Hall
Provenancec.1850 -
Dr. Montroville Wilson Dickeson (1810-1882), Philadelphia, PA, USA, commissioned from the artist [1]

Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, acquired from Dr. Montroville Wilson Dickeson [2]

c.1899 - 1953
The University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA [3]

1953 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from The University Museum, University of Pennsylvania [4]


Notes:
[1] Dickeson, an amateur archaeologist, made hundreds of drawings of burial sites along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers between 1837 and 1844. He commissioned Egan to paint this panorama based on Dickeson's sketches of Mississippi Valley excavations ["The River: Images of the Mississippi." Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1976, p. 32-34]. The panorama was first exhibited in Philadelphia in 1851.

[2] Dickeson took his panorama on the road, showing it to the public for twenty-five cents. He eventually presented it, along with his collection of artifacts, to the Academy of Natural Sciences [Silverberg, Robert. "Mound Builders of Ancient America: The Archaeology of a Myth." Greenwich: New York Graphic Society, 1968, p. 98-99].

[3] According to information provided by The University Museum in Philadelphia, the panorama was given to The University Museum around 1899, along with Dickeson's archaeological collection [SLAM document files].

[4] Bill of sale from The University Museum dated April 15, 1953 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, April 2, 1953.
Exhibition History
Title: Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River
Date:
Venue: Amon Carter
Venue: SLAM
Venue: The MET

Title: Currents of Change: Art and Life Along the Mississippi River, 1850-1861
Date: June 27 - September 26, 2004
Venue: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Title: The River: Images of the Mississippi
Date: Sunday, October 03, 1976 - Sunday, January 09, 1977
Venue: Walker Art Center

Title: Title unknown (1941, panorama)
Date: November 1941
Venue: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania

Title: Restoring an American Treasure: The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley
Date: June 8 – September 3, 2012
Venue: SLAM

Title: Mississippi Panorama, an exhibition of the life and landscape of the Father of Waters and its great tributary, the Missouri
Date: October 10, 1949 - September 1, 1950
Venue: City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Venue: William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art

Title: Restoring an American Treasure: The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley
Date: June 12 – August 21, 2011
Venue: SLAM

Publication History
Title: American Encounters : Art, History, and Cultural Identity
Year Published: 2008

Title: The Soil of an Unknown America - New World Lost Empires and the Debate over Cultural Origins
Periodical Title: American Art
Edition: Summer/Fall
Year Published: 1994

Title: Steamboats on the Mississippi
Year Published: 1962

Title: World Prehistory: Two Million Years of Human Life
Year Published: 2003

Title: Excavating a Nineteenth-Century Mass Medium
Periodical Title: American Art: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Edition: Summer 2013
Year Published: 2013

Title: 1993 Yearbook of Science and the Future
Year Published: 1992

Title: Cahokia: Mirror of the Cosmos
Year Published: 2002

Title: American Landscape Painting
Year Published: 1948

Title: The River: Images of the Mississippi
Periodical Title: Design Quarterly
Year Published: 1976

Title: The Civil War and the Material Culture of Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest
Periodical Title: The David B. Warren Symposium, Volume 3
Year Published: 2012

Title: Illusions in Motion: Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles
Year Published: 2013

Title: Composition in Early Landscapes of the Ohio River Valley, Backgrounds and Components
Year Published: 1971

Title: O! Say Can You See, The Story of America Through Great Paintings
Year Published: 1970

Title: The Lost Panoramas of the Mississippi
Year Published: 1958

Title: Fugitive Vision: Slave Image and Black Identity in Antebellum Narrative
Year Published: 2008

Title: Panoramas and the Cyclorama in Pittsburgh: The Beginning and End of a Unique Entertainment Genre
Periodical Title: Western Pennsylvania History
Edition: January
Year Published: 1986

Title: Scenery, Curiosities, and Stupendous Rocks: William Quesenbury's Overland Sketches, 1850–1851
Year Published: 2011

Title: Discovering Man's Past in the Americas
Year Published: 1969

Title: A Case of Archaeological Amnesia: A Contextual Biography of Montroville Wilson Dickeson (1810-1882), Early American Archaeologist
Periodical Title: Archaeology of Eastern North America
Edition: Fall
Year Published: 1997

Title: Walker Art Center: A History
Year Published: 1985

Title: The American Indians: The First Americans
Year Published: 1992

Title: Mississippi Panorama Largest Exhibit At Art Museum, Opens With Reception
Periodical Title: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Edition: October 11
Year Published: 1949

Title: La Conquête du passé: aux origines de l'archéologie
Year Published: 1993

Title: The Nelson Gallery Features Huge "Mississippi Panorama"
Periodical Title: The Kansas City Star
Edition: Art and Artists: Friday, June 23
Year Published: 1950

Title: Restoring an American Treasure: The Panormama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: July - September
Year Published: 2011

Title: Notes and Documents: A Mississippi Panorama
Periodical Title: Minnesota History
Edition: December
Year Published: 1942

Title: Mississippi Panorama: First Full Showing in 90 Years
Periodical Title: Star-Times
Edition: October 11
Year Published: 1949

Title: A Brief History of Archaelogy: Classical Times to the Twenty-First Century
Year Published: 2005

Title: Panoramas of Antiquity
Periodical Title: Archaeology
Edition: Winter 1959
Year Published: 1959

Title: Why We Remember; United States History Through Reconstruction
Year Published: 1997

Title: 348 Feet of Mississippi Valley History
Periodical Title: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Edition: Monday, August 29
Year Published: 1966

Title: Mississippi Exhibit Opens at Art Museum
Periodical Title: St. Louis Globe-Democrat
Edition: October 11
Year Published: 1949

Title: Recent Investigations at the Mounds Plantation Site (16CD12), Caddo Parish, Louisana
Periodical Title: Caddo Archeology Journal
Edition: 2012
Year Published: 2012

Title: Dealing with 'Race' in African American Archaeology
Periodical Title: Anthropology Newsletter
Edition: May
Year Published: 1998

Title: Doctor Koch and his "Immense Antediluvian Monsters"
Periodical Title: Alabama Heritage
Edition: Spring 1989
Year Published: 1989

Title: The First American: A Story of North American Archaeology
Year Published: 1971

Title: Special Loan Exhibition for Centennial / The Mississippi Panorama
Periodical Title: Gallery News
Edition: June-September
Year Published: 1950

Title: Mound Builders of Ancient America: The Archaeology of a Myth
Year Published: 1968

Title: Artemus Ward: Comic Panoramist
Periodical Title: The New England Quarterly
Edition: December 1959
Year Published: 1959

Title: Chronology of Native North American History from Pre-Columbian Times to the Present
Year Published: 1994

Title: Drama and Spectacle by the Yard: The Panorama in America
Edition: Winter
Year Published: 1976

Title: St. Louis and the Art of the Frontier: Proceedings of a Symposium, St. Louis: Cradle of Western American Art, 1830-1900
Year Published: 2000

Title: The Atlas of Mysterious Places
Year Published: 1987

Title: The Panoramas of the Mississippi
Periodical Title: The Mississippi Quarterly
Edition: Fall
Year Published: 1963

Title: Meaningful Places: Landscape Photographers in the Nineteenth-Century American West
Year Published: 2014

Title: Currents of Change: Art and Life Along the Mississippi River, 1850-1861
Year Published: 2004

Title: Mississippi Panorama
Year Published: 1949

Title: Art in Mississippi, 1720-1980
Year Published: 1998

Title: Restoring an American Treasure: The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: July - September
Year Published: 2012

Title: Grand Moving Diorama, A Special Feature
Periodical Title: Pennsylvania Archaeologist
Edition: January
Year Published: 1942

Title: The Magical Panorama: The Mesdag Panorama, an experience in space and time
Year Published: 1996

Title: Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild
Year Published: 2010

Title: Kulturen der nordamerikanischen Indianer
Year Published: 2000

Title: River of Dreams : Imagining the Mississippi before Mark Twain
Year Published: 2007

Title: Selected Papers from the American Anthropologist, 1888-1920
Year Published: 1960

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