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Richard H. Kern

1852 Edward Meyer Kern Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1823 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1863 oil on canvas 10 5/8 x 8 5/8 in. (26.9 x 21.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from Smithsonian Institution Library 1939.6.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Richard H. Kern (1821-1853) was the older brother of the artist Edward Meyer Kern. Richard was an illustrator and scientist who, like Edward, accompanied the surveyor John C. Frémont on an expedition through the Rocky Mountains. He later worked for the U.S. Army, drawing topographical views of Indian territories. He was killed in an ambush in 1853, the year after his brother painted his portrait.

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Portrait male - Kern, Richard H. - bust

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paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Edward Meyer Kern

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1823 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1863