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Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley

John J. Egan, American (born Ireland), active mid-19th century
Distemper on cotton muslin
Made in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
United States, North and Central America
Current Location
On view, Sculpture Hall
90 in. x 348 ft. (228.6 x 10607.1 cm)
Credit Line
Eliza McMillan Trust
Public Domain
Object Number
c.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]

[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.
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