Artist. Gustave Sohon was born in Tilsit, Germany on Dec. 10,
1825. Sohon came to America at age 17 and worked in Brooklyn as a
bookbinder until his enlistment in the Army in 1852.
While serving as the official artist on several western exploring
expeditions, he provided maps, drawings, and illustrations of the
Northwest. He spoke the languages of several Indian tribes and
made pencil portraits of many of the chiefs.
After his discharge from the Army, he had a photography business in San
Francisco during 1863-65. Sohon then ran a theatrical business in
Washington, DC until his death on Sept. 3, 1903. With about 100
known sketches extant, his works are rare and of great historical
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