Seth Eastman (1808-1875)

Hiro Fine Art is interested in purchasing artworks by Seth Eastman.

Seth Eastman, born in 1808, was a military officer, draftsman, and artist who worked in watercolor and printmaking. He is best known for his depictions of Native Americans, which he documented during his military duty. He kept a sketchbook that detailed the cultures, traditions, and surrounding landscape of several Plains Indian tribes. His common law Native American wife gave him access to many aspects of tribal life and sat as a model for him in several engravings.  After his duty, he left his Native American family and married Mary Henderson. While teaching at West Point, he exhibited work at the National Academy of Design and the Apollo Gallery. He and his wife moved to Fort Snelling where he continued his studies on Indian life and was chosen to illustrate Henry Rowe Schoolcraft’s text, Information Regarding the History Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes. He died in 1875, but his works continue to live today as art and as historical artifacts in places such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian, the capital building in Washington D.C. and the Minnesota Historical Society.