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Artwork by Cyrenius Hall

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About the Artist

"Born in Blue Earth, Minnesota on March 20, 1830, Hall made trips to the West in the 1850’s via the Oregon Trail. He painted scenery in and around Portland before moving south to San Francisco where he painted a huge panorama of the Overland Trail and of California. From 1861 to 1866 he lived in South America, where he had gone for his brother’s health. Hall pursued his profession there until the threat of war between Chile and Spain forced his return to the United States. Returning to New York City, in 1867 he sailed to England and France, spending three years in Munich studying art. Upon his return to New York, he remained active there for a few years before settling in Chicago, where he died in 1896. Hall exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1873. His paintings are included in the Chicago Historical Society, the Kansas State Historical Society and the Wyoming State Museum in Yellowstone." Hall’s portrait of Chief Joseph rests at the National Portrait Gallery. This same portrait was portrayed on a 1968 United States postage stamp. The artist is also listed in Who Was Who in American Art, the Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West, Dawdy’s Artists of the American West as well as Edan Hughes Artists in California 1786-1940. Much of the biography cited above was taken from AskART.com