John Casper Wild Honored with a Monument in Davenport, IA


Urban America before large-scale industrialization: Cincinnati from behind Newport Barracks in 1835.

John Caspar Wild was a Swiss born American painter and lithographer. He created early city views and landscapes of the American West.

His American career began in Philadelphia in 1832 from where he moved to Cincinnati, then to St. Louis and finally to Davenport, Iowa. The University of Chicago writes about the significance of the painter: “John Caspar Wild, expert painter and lithographer, produced some of the earliest known depictions of urban America in the nineteenth century. His paintings and prints of Philadelphia; Cincinnati; St. Louis; and Davenport, Iowa, among others, stand as valuable historical records of these cities in an era before large-scale industrialization changed their character.”

Wild spent the last two years of his life painting scenes in and around Davenport. Wild died in 1846 and was buried in Davenport’s oldest graveyard “City Cemetery”. His dying wish had been to return to his native Switzerland.

The Monument Dedication at City Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa will take place on September 28, 2014 from 1 to 3 pm.

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