Long Expedition

Stephen H. Long


Long's expedition, 1819-1920.

Picking up where Lewis and Clark had left off, the Long Expedition of 1819–20 was the first federally sponsored exploratory expedition that was accompanied by professional artists. Under the command of Major Stephen Harriman Long, artists Samuel Seymour, a Philadelphia landscape painter, and Titian Ramsay Peale, a natural historian and the son of artist-scientist and museum proprietor Charles Willson Peale, together produced more than four hundred drawings and paintings capturing the journey that extended up the Missouri River and through vast stretches of the Louisiana territory. Their work introduced American viewers to the landscapes, wildlife, and Native American inhabitants of the far West. The drawings were widely publicized after the artists’ return to Philadelphia.

Titian Ramsay Peale : The Buffalo Kill.
Titian Ramsay Peale: The Buffalo Kill

Samuel Seymour, artist and J. Clark, engraver. "Distant View of the Rocky Mountains," drawn 1820






Samuel Seymour: Distant View of the Rocky Mountains

Samuel Seymour: View of the Chasm Through Which the Platte Issues