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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Life in Wrangell captured in 139-year-old watercolor painting


Courtesy of Coeur d'Alene Art Auction

Theodore J. Richardson's watercolor painting, titled "View of Wrangell, Alaska in 1884," depicts the Tlingit village.

As three days of cultural exchanges wrapped up in Wrangell with the departure of the visiting crew from the Polynesian Voyaging Society, another piece of Wrangell history came to light depicting Tlingit life almost 140 years ago.

In the late 1800s, artist Theodore J. Richardson painted a watercolor of a village that appears to be in the general vicinity of Reliance Harbor. A photo shows him possibly working on that watercolor while in a boat in Zimovia Strait, with Woronkofski Island in the distance.

Richardson was born in Readfield, Maine, on April 5, 1855, and grew up in Red Wing, Minnesota....

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