Paints "The Biggest Picture in the World"
"The day was bright, and the setting sun was casting its mellow light over the ever beautiful autumnal foliage of an American landscape, bordering on the noble Mississippi. A tiny skiff was floating upon the mirrored surface of the stream, guided by its solitary occupant, a boy, scarce sixteen, who sat with folded arms, contemplating with wonder and delight the glowing scene around him. That boy was JOHN BANVARD. He had heard and now realized, that America could boast the most picturesque and magnificent scenery in the world and as he glided along by the beautiful shores, the boy resolved within himself to be an artist, that he might paint the beauties and sublimities of his native land."
So the romantic young Banvard discovered the work that was to win him fame and fortune as a newsreel producer. There was always about him a certain epic quality, a youthfulness and zest for living that cast a glow of excitement over all his experiences. From childhood he had been a person