Edward Washburn

Edward Payson Washburn (1831 – March 26, 1860) was an American painter, son of Indian missionary Cephas Washburn. He is best known for his 1856 work, The Arkansas Traveller.

Edward Payson Washburn painted the image of the "Arkansas Traveler" from a tab he heard from Colonel Sandford C. Faulkner. Supposedly occurring upon the stir up trail in Arkansas in 1840, Colonel Faulkner's humorous tally ends similar to a fiddle playing squatter inborn won over by the traveler (man upon horse in image).

The painting was far along a basis of engravings by Leopold Grozelier of Boston in 1859, and Currier and Ives of New York City about 1870, with a sample from the Arkansas Traveler tune. In auxiliary to the painting and prints, the balance of the Arkansas Traveler was also turned into a tune, dialogue and play.

It was created just south of the town of Russellville, Arkansas, at the Washburn family homestead site. Washburn cemetery, near the dated homestead, still exists today. The painting was widely distributed as a Currier & Ives lithograph. It was inspired by the composition of the thesame name by Colonel Sanford C. Faulkner (1806–1874).

Washburn died in Little Rock, Arkansas, only nine days after his father, and is buried at Mount Holly Cemetery.

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