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 H. M. T. Powell  (1824 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Illinois      Known for: landscape and portrait painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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 and Arizona." (Biblio.com)

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Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
Kennedy's West.net http://www.kennedyswest.net/si/001770.html
http://www.biblio.com/details.php?dcx=67689134&aid=frg


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
 Born in Illinois in 1824.  Powell came west with a wagon train from Illinois and arrived in  San Diego in 1849.  While there he attemped to open an art school and did drawings of the missions at San Diego and San Luis Rey, as well as one of the earliest known views of Los Angeles.  After a few weeks, he traveled to northern California and was active in Yuba County until 1860.  His diary, entitled Santa Fe Trail to California,  was published in 1931 (Book Club of California) and includes his illustrations.  In:  Huntington Library (San Marino).
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
CP, p. 152; G&W; Taft; D&I; 1850 Census
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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