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Meriwether Lewis (1774–1809) in Frontiersman's Regalia
Date: 1806-1807
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Medium: Watercolor, black ink, and graphite with touches of red gouache on heavy paper, mounted on card
Dimensions: Overall: 6 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. ( 15.6 x 9.5 cm ) Mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
Description: Portrait
Credit Line: Gift of Ethel McCullough Scott, John G. McCullough, and Edith McCullough Heaphy
Object Number: 1971.125
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Marks: Collector's mark in black ink on verso: "R.W.T."
Inscribed: Verso inscribed along upper edge in graphite: "...[illegible] Capt Meriwether Lewis"; at lower edge in brown ink: "Likeness of Capt Meriwether / Lewis the Explorer, who was sent with James Clark to explore the far west in 1802 / by President Jefferson"

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The subject was the noted explorer who, with William Clark of Louisville, Kentucky, embarked on the historic Lewis and Clark expedition which opened up a land route across the continent to the Pacific. Painted shortly after Lewis's return to Washington from his expedition, this watercolor depicts him in frontiersman's dress, wearing a fur cap, a tunic to the mid-thighs, tight buckskin breeches, and moccasins.


"Drawn By New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings," New-York Historical Society, September 18, 2008–January 07, 2009.