America's earliest western artists, Seth Eastman learned his craft at West Point in the 1820's. Stationed after graduation at posts in the then untamed Great Lakes area, he began to sketch Indians and Topographical subjects. His work was so outstanding that he was recalled to the Academy.
Eastman later served in Florida in the Seminole War and returned to the Midwest where he became very close to many Indians including the Sioux, Winnebago, and many other tribes. He was selected to illustrate with steel engravings and lithographs the monumental government publications, history,
conditions and future prospects of the Indian tribes of the United States (1850-1857).
Afterward he was noted among the very best of the western artists. Eastman was appointed a general, he decorated congressional rooms, and was a trustee of the National Gallery. Eastman's now old and rare steel engravings and lithographs are available beautifully water colored.