Nauvoe, Illinois

Lewis, Henry, 1819-1904
In Henry Lewis, Das Illustrirte Mississippithal (Düsseldorf: Arnz & Comp., 1857), 224.

Mormons fleeing persecution in New York State and then Missouri settled in Nauvoo after 1832, building it up to one of the largest cities in Illinois by the mid-1840s. In 1846 other Illinois residents expelled the Mormons, who headed west for Utah. The Mormon temple on the hill in the distance burned down in 1848. Artist Henry Lewis sketched and painted scenes along the Mississippi River between 1846 and 1848. He compiled them into a great panoramic painting of the river that was a popular attraction in the U.S. and Europe. Later he settled in Germany where he published an illustrated account of his travels.

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VAULT Ayer 160.5 M76 L6 1857
Mormons Religion Theater
Illinois Mississippi River Valley
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