Seaman was purchased by Captain Meriwether Lewis for $20 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while he was waiting for the boats to be built for the famed expedition known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition. From the journals we know of Lewis’s attachment to Seaman and as a highly valued partner to the expedition members. Seaman was a Newfoundland, a breed known for its larger size, strength and swimming abilities. He protected the crew members from buffalo and grizzly bears. One time he swam out into a river retrieving a deer that had been shot.
This clay piece with Lewis was never finished, but gives a peak into the mind of the artist, Carol Grende. She knew the important roles played in Eastern Legacy sites such as Pittsburgh and hoped to create a piece to document its role in the expedition.
The clay Seaman is waiting to be cast.
1/5 Life Size 12"x12"x21" Edition of 200
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