Seth Eastman (January 24, 1808– August 31, 1875) was an artist and West Point graduate who served in the US Army, first as a mapmaker and illustrator. He had two tours at Fort Snelling, Minnesota Territory; during the second, extended tour he was commanding executive of the fort. During these years, he painted many studies of Native American life. He was notable for the setting of his hundreds of illustrations for Henry Rowe Schoolcraft's six-volume study upon the records of Indian tribes of the United States, commissioned by the US Congress.
Eastman and his second wife Mary Henderson Eastman (1818 – 1887) were instrumental in recording Native American life. From their become old at Fort Snelling, Mary Henderson Eastman wrote a photograph album about Dakota Sioux computer graphics and culture, which Seth Eastman illustrated. In 1838, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Honorary Academician.
Seth Eastman retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and Brevet Brigadier General for disability during the American Civil War. He was unconventional reactivated in the heavens of commissioned by Congress to make several paintings for the US Capitol. Between 1867 and 1869, Eastman painted a series of nine scenes of American Indian computer graphics for the House Committee upon Indian Affairs. In 1870 Congress commissioned Eastman to create a series of 17 paintings of important U.S. forts, to be hung in the meeting rooms of the House Committee upon Military Affairs. He completed the paintings in 1875, and eight yet hang in the Senate Wing.