H M T Powell
H. M. T. Powell was active/lived in California, Illinois. H Powell is known for landscape and portrait painting, teaching.
Biography H. M. T. Powell
A townscape and landscape painter, H.M.T. Powell went West with a wagon train from Illinois, arriving in San Diego in December, 1849. There he opened an art school and did drawings of the missions at San Diego and San Luis Rey. He was also a portrait painter and did some of the earliest known views of Los Angeles.
He moved onto Northern California where he remained active until 1860s. He wrote and illustrated his day by day diary Santa Fe Trail to California, published in 1931, about his travels from east to west beginning April 3, 1849 and ending March 24, 1852.
The book is described as "one of the few gold rush narratives to follow the southern route, going over the Santa Fe Trail through New Mexico
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