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Artist: Nicolas Point, S.J. (1799-1868)
Medium: Pencil on Paper
Lender: Midwest Jesuit Archives
Beginning in St. Louis and ending in modern day Montana, the journey to Rockies was a journey plagued with difficulty and hardship. These four drawings display the trials of the Jesuits as they make the long journey across the Great Plains. In the first two pieces, the travelers cross the muddy plains and climb up the Rockies. Often sleeping whenever or wherever they could, “The Sleeping Jesuit” depicts Point’s companion resting upon their wagon. But their arrival to the region finally came in August, 1841, and “Dining in a Tent” shows the intimate nature of Native life they would enjoy for the next few years.
Written and narrated by Liam Brew.