William De La Montagne Cary
(1840 - 1922)
William De La Montagne Cary was active/lived in Massachusetts, Kansas. William Cary is known for Indian-western genre, illustrator.
Biography William De La Montagne Cary
With a thirty-year career as a western illustrator based in New York City, William Cary made his first trip West in 1861 in an ox-wagon train along the Missouri River bound for Fort Benton where he narrowly escaped capture by the Crow Indians. From Fort Benton, he set out with a cook and guide and stayed at Fort Union for six weeks, where he observed life among the Assiniboine Indians nearby. He also signed on with a survey crew, which led him to the West Coast, and from there he took a ship back to New York City, In 1874, he took his second and last trip West, joining the John Mullan railroad survey to travel to Walla Walla, Washington.
Most of his illustrations were based on a combination of memory and sketches from these trips. H
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