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Gustave Sohon

 (1825 - 1903)
Gustave Sohon was active/lived in Washington, California, District Of Columbia / Germany, Russian Federation.  Gustave Sohon is known for topographic views, Indian portrait-figure painting, photography.

Biography   Gustave Sohon

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 import

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