Views of Oregon City…

This week’s news is about two artists who captured the beauty of Oregon in 1847 and links to their work. It was several years after these paintings that the first photographs were taken of the scenes in Oregon. I’m working on mapping the early businesses in Oregon City and the early sketches and paintings help to see how the original city and region appeared.


February 18, 1847, Oregon Spectator


Mr. Paul Kane, a Canadian gentleman, has been in our city recently, engaged in putting upon canvas, some of the interesting scenery of our locality. He is an artist of great merit, and has made several faithful and beautiful pictures of this city and the Falls. His paintings are in oil colors, extremely attractive and strikingly correct. We understand that it is Mr. Kane’s intention, during a sojourn of several months, to touch with the magic of his elegant art, various points of the wild and sublime scenery of Oregon, and on his return to the States, to publish the results of his labor. Our countrymen on the eastern slope of the Rocky mountains, entertain imperfect notions, doubtless, of the appearance of Oregon and its settlements, but we can assure them that in the achievements of Mr. Kane, they may behold correct delineations of the country.


Mt. St. Helen’s erupting – Paul Kane

More on Paul Kane


July 8, 1847, Oregon Spectator

We are pleased to announce the arrival among us of a young American artist, Mr. J. M. Stanley, who visits our territory for the purpose of transferring to canvas some portions of the beautiful and sublime scenery with which our country abounds. The field of Mr. Stanley’s labors has chiefly been in the valley of the Mississippi, where he is extensively known and appreciated. He has had the advantage of considerable travel, having visited most of the conspicuous localities of North America, and comes in our midst, having but recently shaken off the dust of the rough tramp from the states to Santa Fe and California, which latter country he visited as a member of the Topographical Corps in Gen. Kearney’s command. We bespeak for him, at the hands of our fellow-citizens, a favorable reception, as a friend of “Lang Syne,” as a gentleman and a worthy member of his noble profession.


Detail from Oregon City, 1847, John Mix Stanley

More about John Mix Stanley from the Carter Museum…


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