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Thure de Thulstrup

Paintings Works On Paper Photographs Sculpture


Swedish, 1848 - 1930

Born into a distinguished diplomatic family, de Thulstrup had a military education and served in the French Foreign Legion and as an officer during the Franco-Prussian War. He studied art in Paris and later at the Art Student's League in New York City. Combining his military knowledge with his artistic pursuits, de Thulstrup specialized in war and naval scenes. He also worked for periodicals including Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Harper's Weekly, and Collier's Magazine. He also illustrated works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Francis Hopkins Smith.


Hoisting American Colors, Louisiana Cession, 1803 - Thure de Thulstrup
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Hoisting American Colors, Louisiana Cession, 1803
Thure de Thulstrup
Oil on canvas, 84 x 66 inches
Louisiana State Museum, Loan of the Louisiana Historical Society, 01793

In 1902, Swedish artist Thure de Thulstrup was commissioned to paint this large image for the St. Louis World's Fair, commemorating the transfer of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States. The painting was well received, and has been on continuous display in the Cabildo since the founding of the Louisiana State Museum.

De Thulstrup selected the dramatic moment when the American flag was raised in the middle of Place d'Armes (today Jackson Square). In keeping with historical accuracy, the Cabildo is shown lacking the mansard-roofed third story added by the Baroness Pontalba in the 1850s.