Legends of the West: Sacagawea

painting of Sacagawea

Artist: Mark Hess
Art director: Richard Sheaff
First day of issue: October 18, 1994

Acrylic on canvas affixed to board

Like all artists who seek to portray Sacagawea, Mark Hess had room to be creative, but he made sure he was well informed about Lewis and Clark’s interpreter. He researched earlier portraits and sculptures of her, studied the earliest photographs of Shoshone women, and modeled Sacagawea’s clothing on artifacts from the period.

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