Biografie von Richard Hovenden KERN (1821-1853)

Birth place: Philadelphia

Death place: near Sevier Lake, UT

Profession: Landscape & figurative artist in pencil & watercolor, drawing teacher

Exhibited: Artists Fund Soc., Phila. (1840-41)

Member: Acad. Natural Sciences, Phila.

Work: Amon Carter Mus., Fort Worth (TX); Henry E. Huntington Lib. & Art Gal., San Marino, CA; Lib., Acad. of Natural Sciences, Phila.

Comments: During the mid 1840s Kern was teaching drawing in Philadelphia. In 1848-49, along with his brothers Benjamin and Edward (see entries), he served as topographical draftsmen with FrÈmont's fourth expedition to the Southwest, during which Benjamin lost his life. In August and September 1849 Richard and Edward accompanied Simpson's expedition into Navajo country and the resulting report included plates from Richard's paintings of the Anasazi cliff dwellings, views of Chaco Canyon and the Acoma mesa, and the Jemez and Sandia Pueblos. In 1851, while with Sitgreaves' expedition down the Zu-i and Colorado Rivers, he recorded the Indian Buffalo or Tablita Dance. He was in Washington, DC in January 1853, but by May had joined Gunnison's exploration of a route for the Pacific Railroad. On October 26, 1853, he and several other members of the party were killed by Paiute Indians near Sevier Lake.

Sources: G&W; info provided G&W, courtesy of Josephine M. Bever and Henry E. Huntington Lib.; Beckwith, Report of Exploration of a Route for the Pacific Railroad from the Mouth of the Kansas to Sevier River into the Great Basin, 33rd Cong., 1st Sess., House Doc. 129, 2; Artists' Fund Soc. Cat., 1840, 1841; Phila. CD 1845-53; Nevins, FrÈmont, Pathmaker of the West, 349; Johnston, Reports of the Secretary of War with Reconnaissances of Routes from San Antonio to El Paso and Report of J.H. Simpson of an Expedition into the Navajo Country, 31st Cong., 1st Sess., Senate Doc. 64; Sitgreaves, Report of an Expedition down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers, 32nd Cong., 2nd Sess., Senate Ex. Doc. 59; Cleland, A History of California, the American Period, Appendix D, 496; Taft, Artists and Illustrators of the Old West, 259-61. More recently, see Peggy and Harold Samuels, 263-64; and William H. and William Goetzmann, The West of the Imagination, 103-106 (repros.).

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