The Lost Panoramas of the Mississippi

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APPENDIX B
Three Other "Mississippi" PANORAMAS

HUDSON'S MISSISSIPPI PANORAMA

In the first chapter, I mentioned an exhibition at St. Louis in 1848 of Hudson's Grand Panoramic View of the Hudson River. This Hudson was also the enterpriser responsible for Hudson's Great National Painting of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers! Executed on over Twenty Thousand Feet of Canvas, Showing Nine Different States, and delineating an extent of over 1400 miles of river scenery (so reads the title page of a descriptive pamphlet printed in New Haven in 1848). The latter painting won no space in the St. Louis newspapers of that day, nor has Odell recorded it in his Annals of the New York Stage. As described in the pamphlet it consisted of Ohio River views only.

The opening scene was Pittsburgh. Then followed views of Alleghany City, Economy, Beaver Town, Wellsville, Steubenville, Martinsburg, Wheeling Island, the Mound Scene, Marietta, Point Harmar, Hocking Port, Blennerhassett's Island, Coal Port, Gallipolis, Hanging Rock by Moonlight, Jackson Furnace Landing, Portsmouth, Manchester Bar and Islands, Aberdeen, Maysville, Ripley, Cincinnati and nearby spots, Rising Sun, Big Bone Lick,

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